Guide our life toward your commandments
It is a supplication in the prayer of every hour
of the Agpeya prayers. It starts with "Have mercy
on us O God, and have mercy on us", where we say
"prosper our way, Guide our life toward Thy
This statement holds a kind of heart
humbleness: man admits his personal
weakness and his need of guidance in his life,
guidance towards how to follow God's
This issue is repeated many times in the psalms
prayers, where the worshipper says "Show me Your
ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths," (Ps 25:4),
"Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a
smooth path," (Ps 27:11). So he admits that he
doesn't know the way, and that he needs directing,
knowledge, and guidance.
That's why we find an important verse in the
book of Proverbs saying "Trust in the Lord with all
your heart… and he shall direct your paths. Lean
not unto your own understanding." (Pr 3:5)
Because it is more important to follow the
commandment than just knowing it.
It has been stated at the end of the Sermon on
the Mount that the person who follows the
commandment is like a wise man who built his
house upon a rock, the rain descended, and the
floods came, the winds blew, and it didn't fall (Mt
We ask God to guide our life toward his
commandments, especially when some
commandments are difficult or might seem to
To follow these commandments, we undoubtfully
need divine guidance, for example:
"Love your enemies, bless those who curse
you,” (Mt 5:44). We might be able to tolerate our
enemies. But to love them? This needs divine
guidance. Also the commandment of turning the
other cheek, and whoever compel us to go a mile,
we go with him twain and without murmuring (Mt
I don't want to talk theoretically, but practically
by saying: "Guide my life
Toward Thy commandments"
Another commandment like Denying
oneself (Mt 16:24) (Mk 8:34) (Lk 9:23)
Guide us O Lord towards how to deny
ourselves, there is even more difficult
commandment which says: "He who loves his life
will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world
will keep it for eternal life." (Jn 12:25). Also: "If
anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father
and mother…and his own life also, he cannot be My
disciple." (Lk 14:26).
So guide me O Lord towards resenting
myself, and towards how to deny it as well.
Also the commandment: "Therefore you shall be
perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Mt
5:48) followed by: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell
what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me." (Mt 19:21)
Who Lord might be able to become perfect, or
give all his wealth to the poor?
Guide me O Lord towards being perfect, and to do
that with no feeling of self-righteous so that Satan
would not fight me with that, and guide me towards
how to accomplish both issues at the same time.
Satan was perfect in all his ways as was written in
(Ez 28:15), but he fell! So how can I become perfect
Lead me to follow the commandment which
says that men always ought to pray and not lose
heart (Lk 18:1) or the commandment: "pray without
ceasing" (1Th 5:17)! Indeed, who can pray without
ceasing? Guide our life Toward Thy commandments.
Many times Lord do I fall. The bible says: "For a
righteous man may fall seven times and rise again." (Pr
24:16). So lead me Lord to rise again when I fall, and
also not to fall again when we rise up.
In the ninth hour prayer we say "mortify our carnal
senses, O Christ our God, and deliver us", so how can
our carnal senses be mortified and not to be used in
evil. Who can control his senses to that mortifying
Let us remember some phrases which were said by
St. Paul the Apostle in his epistle to the Romans, he
said: " For that which I do I allow not: for what I would,
that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do
that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is
good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my
flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with
me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but
what I hate, that I do."(Ro 7:15), difficult words.
Direct me O Lord to do the righteousness
which I want and which You also want me to do,
because many times I actually do what you don't
want me to do, and what I do not want to do as
Lead me O Lord to knowing how to strengthen
And how my will would be always attracted to
the righteousness and to You?
Lord, You give the commandment, and You also
give the power to follow it, and the way through which
this commandment is to be followed.
So guide me Lord towards how should I follow
your commandment, and towards following it in Your
way which You want.
For that reason we pray: "Create in me a clean
heart, O God".
The phrase "Create in me" means that this pure
heart is not at all present. So how then will I follow
Even when we turn to God in repentance, how
deep what is written in the Prophetic book of
Jeremiah "Restore me, and I will return" (Jr
This means direct me Lord to how can I turn to
You in repentance, and give me the power to do it.
Every person wants to turn to God in repentance,
but is every person capable of doing that?!
There emerges the same verse once more:
"Guide our life Toward Thy commandments"… the
issue of depending and leaning on God.
How many times does a person think that, by his
own efforts, intelligence and experience, he can win.
But the Wiseman says: "Trust in the Lord with all
your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding;" (Pr 3:5)
For this reason, say everyday; "Guide our life
Toward Thy commandments"
No doubt, this matter needs God's Grace,
and also the work of God's spirit in us.
Not only during repentance, but in the service
too. As St. Paul the Apostle says: "But by the grace of
God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was
bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored
more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the
grace of God which was with me" (1Co 15:10).
So God, I need, during following your
commandments, Your guidance towards how should I
do that, I need Your Grace to help me in this work,
Your Grace which works with me, and for me as well.
We also need that You give us wisdom to
know how to work this out.
This is what Solomon the King demanded, he told
God: "Therefore give to Your servant an
understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may
discern between good and evil" (1K 3:9).
Solomon asked for Wisdom, to know how to
manage things, and to differentiate between good
Lots of people asked God for His guidance when
they were following His commandments, like Eliezer
of Damascus (Gn 24) when Father Abraham asked
him to go and chose a wife for Isaac his son. On his
way, he demanded God's guidance. And God has
guided him and made things easy for him.
Lots of incidences in the Holy Bible show us how
God interferes and leads the way, and shows also
how his commandments were followed. Though many
times man knows where to go through guidance and
never follows the way. So Guide our life Lord toward
Our Lord, You say-as written in the Gospel
according to St. Mark "Jesus said to him, If you
can believe, all things are possible to him who
believes." (Mk 9:23).
possible to me.
Yes indeed, all things are possible through faith
even if we cannot see it. But I want to practically see
that all things are possible to me. Give me Lord to
know how I can do all things through Christ with the
power that You give to me, "I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13).
We ask for Your Guidance through difficult and
But give us first that we demand your
guidance even in simple matters.
Or in the issues that seem to be simple, as when
the Disciples demanded something that was seen so
simple to lot of people, when they said to God: "Lord,
teach us to pray," (Lk 11:1).
Is there anyone who doesn't know how to pray,
even the pagan knew how to pray to his idol. But the
Disciples demanded a divine guidance so that their
prayers would be according to the Divine will.
Teach us Lord how to make the commandment a
practice in our life.
Guide us towards loving the commandment, and
then we will definitely follow it, how to resent sin, to
keep ourselves away of it. Direct us to how we could
love the righteousness, so we will then definitely do
Lord, guide my conscious, my thoughts and speak
in my heart as well.
Guidance should not be through visions and
Because if a person thinks that God might guide
him through dreams or a vision, Satan might present
him misleading dreams and false visions.
Guidance could be through the father of
confession, and here I can say:
God, if You want to guide me through my
confession father, please guide him when he
Lead me as well as my own Leader, as You have
said in the Old Testament: "O My people! Those who
lead you cause you to err," (Is 3:12).
Scribes and Pharisees, they were also leaders to
their people. They miss leaded them,
They were shutting up the Kingdom of Heaven
against them "for you neither go in yourselves, nor do
you allow those who are entering to go in." (Mt
Sometimes, God was guiding people through His
messengers, His Stewards on earth, as in the story of
Cornelius when God guided him through Simon Peter.
So God didn't lead him directly, but He guided him
through a leader (Ac 10).
Also Saul of Tarsus, at the beginning of his
missionary work, God leaded him to Ananias the
Damascusian to guide him towards what he was
about to do (Ac 9:1-22).
Guide us O Lord towards how to win over
obstacles, which keep us from following the
Guide us towards winning over the bad habits
that we are stuck with it, which we find it so hard to
get rid of.
The phrase which says "Guide us" goes for
people, servants, and organizations.
It goes also for churches. Everyone says; "Guide
our life Toward Thy commandments".
We know that churches are keen to be united, but
they demand God's guidance towards how to reach
this unity in faith and shared work.
Guide us O Lord towards how to win over heresies
that are spreading these days, and how to win over
deserting faith, guide them also those who want to
win over addiction.
Guide us Lord and guide those who are in charge
of us everywhere.
Someone might say: "Guide me Lord and also
guide my manger at work towards how to deal with
me. Guide as well my enemies to stop hurting me".
Lead me and lead all who are surrounding me in
my relation with them.
We want You God, but how do we want You?
We like living in righteousness but how can we
That's why we say in the Agpeya Prayers:
enlighten our minds, hearts and understanding O
Master of all to understand Your life giving words.
Enlighten my mind Lord, as my mind might not
be taking the right path. talk in my heart with Your
good will, and talk in hearts of others in whatever
concerns me, pave my road in front of me as when
John the Baptizer did with You.
We pray and say "Thy will be done", show me
God Your will and how it is to be done. Acknowledge
me of what my role is when your will is being done,
what should I do, what should I do with other
people surrounding me as well and with those whom I
am in contact with.
Acknowledge and lead us towards how to
serve, and most of all how to serve the
How can I serve those who love darkness more
than the light, those who were said upon them in the
days of Moses the Prophet: "disobedient and contrary
people" (Ro 10:21).
Your congregation, whom You gave us; guide us
towards how to serve them.
How to serve those whom You gave us so that no
one of them might perish. Offering service to some
people is not easy, and we cannot serve with our own
power or honesty.
As when the star guided the wise men, guide us O
Lord towards You.
We do not claim that we have knowledge, but we
carefully try to find our way.
St. Anthony said once to his disciple Josef:
blessed are you Josef for you knew the way to the
word "I don't know", how beautiful is this saying.
The human light that we have is not perfect, and
sometimes it is foggy and we can't even see, so lead
us Lord. We wish that we tell You Lord this phrase
constantly, as lots of people were lost when they
depended on themselves, their wisdom didn't help
But we desperately demand all the time "Guide
our life Toward Thy commandments."
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