I provide these prayers most Sundays for those of us who are weak in prayer, and who need help in devotion. Today’s prayer ought to be on our lips and in our hearts moment by moment. It is a full-on plea for the help that only the divine can provide.
Pay close attention to the commands submitted to God: “enable,” “help,” “produce,” and others. These are requests for God to move within us in ways that the natural person usually thinks they themselves can do on their own. How different is the blessedness of the one who knows his limitations and supreme need of grace. Do you know your neediness?
Pray with me…
Lord of immortality, before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces,
enable me to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear. Thou who art Spirit and requirest truth in the inward parts,
help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Thou who art righteous,
let me not harbour sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish.
I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised. But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in His cross. May these objects engross my chief solicitude!
Produce in me those principles and dispositions that make Thy service perfect freedom.
Expel from my mind all sinful fear and shame, so that with firmness and courage I may confess the Redeemer before men, go forth with Him hearing His reproach, be zealous with His knowledge, be filled with His wisdom, walk with His circumspection, ask counsel of Him in all things, repair to the Scriptures for His orders, stay my mind on His peace, knowing that nothing can befall me without His permission, appointment and administration.
Thanks for praying with me,