Saturday, May 23, 2015

Listen to the Prayer of Your Servant

I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
—John 12:46
O God, give us your blessing,
extend to us your grace;
and cause to shine upon us
the radiance of your face.
—Psalm 67:1
Suggested tune (White Robes):
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication, and for your own sake, Lord, let your face shine upon your desolated sanctuary.
—Daniel 9:17
Q. What are the requisites of that prayer, which is acceptable to God, and which he will hear?

A. First, that we from the heart pray to the one true God only, who has manifested himself in his word, for all things, he has commanded us to ask of him; secondly, that we rightly and thoroughly know our need and misery, that so we may deeply humble ourselves in the presence of his divine majesty; thirdly, that we be fully persuaded that he, notwithstanding that we are unworthy of it, will, for the sake of Christ our Lord, certainly hear our prayer, as he has promised us in his word.
—Heidelberg Catechism
Eternal God, the Father of all lights, without the knowledge of whom we are more miserable than beasts, extend your blessing over us, and make your most holy Name known through the whole earth, that you may be worshiped by all nations; thus may all who feel your merciful benediction walk in your fear, as we are taught by Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

—1595 Scottish Psalter (alt.)

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