The Blind Man's Prayer

One of the Lenten scrutinies for those entering the Church at Easter includes a prayer based upon the passage about Jesus' healing of the blind man in Chapter 9 of John's gospel. This past week, my pastor modified this prayer as part of his reflections on that passage. I liked it so much that I made similar modifications and recommend the following prayer for your frequent use:

Father of mercy,
you led the man born blind
to the kingdom of light
through the gift of faith in your Son.

Free us from the false values that surround and blind us.
Set us firmly in your truth,
children of the light forever.

You are the true light that enlightens the world.
Through your Spirit of truth
free those who are enslaved to the father of lies.

Stir up the desire for good in those who seek to follow you.

Let them rejoice in your light, that they may see,
and, like the man born blind whose sight you restored,
let them prove to be staunch and fearless witnesses to the faith,
for you are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.