Monday, October 16, 2006

A Monday Morning Prayer

If you are anything like me, after the 'high' of Sunday, you may find yourself dreading the start of a new week and prayer seems the most challenging of tasks. In such situations, using the prayers of past saints, which are both doctrinally and devotionally rich, can be a helpful spur to the discipline of prayer. Here is one such prayer that I commend to you, tailored specifically for those slow-start mornings. It is taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. You can access these prayers online here.

Morning Needs
O God, the Author of all good,
I come to Thee for the grace another day
will require
for its duties and events.
I step out into a wicked world,

I carry about with me an evil heart,

I know that without Thee I can do nothing,

that everything with which I shall be concerned,

however harmless in itself,

may prove an occasion of sin and folly,

unless I am kept by Thy power.

Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe.
Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error,

my affections from love of idols,

my character from stain of vice,

my profession from every form of evil.
May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Thy blessing,
and in which I cannot invite Thy inspection.

Prosper me in all lawful undertakings,
or prepare me for disappointments.
Give me neither poverty nor riches.
Feed me with food convenient for me,
lest I be full and deny Thee and say, Who is the Lord?
or be poor, and steal, and take Thy name in vain.

May every creature be made good to me
by prayer and Thy will.
Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it,
to improve my talents, to redeem my time,
to walk in wisdom toward those without,
and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men,
and especially to my fellow Christians.

And to Thee be the glory.

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