A Prayer for Purification

“Is not my word like fire, says the Lord,
and like a hammer which breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

burn our hearts, O Lord,
with Your pure word.
You, who are consuming fire,
in whose radiant holiness none can stand,
come with refining heat
to purify our wayward hearts
and with Your pure word,
O Lord, burn our hearts.

break our hearts, O Lord,
with Your hammer-strong word.
You, who made all things,
who raise up and throw down,
come with pure fire
to shatter our hardened longings
and with Your hammer-strong word,
O Lord, break our hearts.

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