Monday, July 13, 2009

A Prayer for Today

While I grew up in a Christian tradition that emphasized extemporaneous prayers (and I continue to treasure that encouragement) I have, through out the years also grown to appreciate the written prayers of those who have gone before me. Here is one from John Calvin. The language is different from what we may use today, but the thoughts are as pertinent and significant.

Almighty God, since we are the work and creation of your hands,
grant us to realize that we do not live and move
except in you alone.
And grant, we pray, that we would be so subject
to you that we are not only ruled by your hidden
providence but also give such evidence
of our willing obedience and submission to you,
as children should, that we zealously
glorify your name on earth,
until we attain to the enjoyment of that blessed inheritance
which is laid up for us in heaven, through Christ our Lord.

May you experience God's blessing today.

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