Prayer for the Readers of the Word
Loving God, invest me with your power as I get ready to proclaim the marvel of your message.
I have prepared the scripture. I have tried to take within me the meaning of what I am about to read.
Help me, I ask, to read not just with my lips but with my heart and soul.
Free me from excessive concern over my performance and over the impression I create in this sacred action.
Convert my feelings of nervousness, turn all my apprehensions into energy for proclaiming your Word with power and authority.
May your Holy Spirit fills me as it fills the Holy Word I am about to proclaim.