A Light for My Path Devotional

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

In His parting words to His disciples, the Lord Jesus Christ commissioned them to preach the Gospel to all nations. Then He gave them a solemn promise–“I am with you always.”

For centuries, those words have comforted the ailing, assured the weary, and even carried martyrs peacefully to their death. The famed St. Patrick, fifth century missionary to Ireland, carried this truth with him as he preached God’s message of salvation to a hostile pagan world.

It is said that each morning Patrick prayed a lengthy prayer, binding to himself the assurance of God’s constant presence with him. He seemingly “wore” the prayer as a breastplate of protection against the forces of men and evil, and thus the prayer became known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate.

Although the original prayer is quite long, three stanzas are best known for their intense reminder of the power and love of the indwelling Christ:

“Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart;
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.

Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife;
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my life.

Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart;
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.”

Patrick lived a life totally devoted to following Christ. May his words provoke your thinking and provide a fresh awakening to the fact that, as His child, Christ lives in you and He will never leave you!

Prayer: Lord, my salvation and the gift of Your ever-abiding presence is something I take too much for granted. Help me live in power of Your promise to never leave me alone.

Words to Ponder: “I cannot hide the gift of God which He gave me in the land of my captivity.  There I sought Him and there I found Him.”
–St. Patrick

Related Devotional: St. Patrick’s Story

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright, Ann Shorb, 2014

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

This simple skit, “The Resurrection Rock” is fun to use in Sunday School, Children’s Church, or in family devotions.

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