Cast out the Profane from My Heart
Matthew 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–17; Luke 19:45–46; John 2:13–22
Preaching Themes: Passion of Jesus
Prayer Type: Petition
I bless you, and give thanks to you, O Lord Jesus Christ, loving Savior of the world, and merciful Preserver of mankind, for the splendor of your marvelous humility, and for the greatness of that unspeakable love, which you showed forth on this day, when with bare feet you rode upon a donkey, and amid the Hosannas of a vast multitude of children, entered the holy city of Jerusalem.
I adore you, I glorify you, who came in the name of your Father to redeem us from the hand of the enemy, and to reconcile us to God the Father by your own most precious blood.
I pray you, O Lord Jesus, to enter the temple of my heart, and to purge and to cast out far from me whatever you find therein that is filthy and profane. Cast out, I pray, from that which should be your tabernacle, all the many kinds of worldly cares, all the idols, whether of things, or of persons. Drive out, I pray, all the fancies and foul imaginations which the devil, that most shameless of peddlers, so often spreads out before me at the time of prayer, lest my soul, being sorely tempted and led astray by the wiles of that deceiver, should be drawn into consent, and should be thereby choked. Hurry to help me, O most mighty Lord Jesus; do not allow me to be taken in the snares of the devil, or to be overcome of my own wickedness. Keep me from that which is evil, strengthen me in that which is good; that I may escape the peril of eternal damnation, and may pass with you into the everlasting tabernacles of the heavenly Jerusalem.
Thomas à Kempis
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 400 Prayers for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.