The Self On Fire

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Easter, Year B
Psalm 66

Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter. Click on the image.

This Psalm joins two kinds of prayer—corporate prayer for the nation and private prayer for the self. As you pray the first twelve verses, see yourself as the intercessor for your country that needs to call upon the Lord to be present and active in the land. In verse 13 where burnt offerings and vows are promised, join your personal outpourings. While you will not be bringing burnt offerings to the altar, bring your whole self on fire with the Lord, with your egoism burnt away as in a refiner’s fire. This is the kind of offering which the Lord wants—death to self and life in Christ Jesus.

At the end of the psalm, you too, have the faith of the psalmist who believes that God has indeed listened to his prayer.


Wednesdays re dedicated to the Psalms,
one a week over the three-year cycle.


Daily Bible Breaths

Version for Children and Families for this week

The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12, so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions near the International Date Line.


2 thoughts on “The Self On Fire

  1. “But you, God, have tested us— you’ve refined us… trapped us… laid burdens on our backs, let other people run right over our heads—we’ve been through fire and water.”

    You already know, yet sometimes it feels like I need to tell you, but then that feels silly. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to matter what I know. It doesn’t matter that I know you are walking with me, carrying me. What I feel doesn’t remember that.

    “But God definitely listened. He heard the sound of my prayer.”

    God heard the prayer of my heart, the prayer I didn’t say. He heard the cry “Abba, Father” and the rest was unnecessary.

    “Bless God! He didn’t reject my prayer; he didn’t withhold his faithful love from me.”

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