Saturday, October 17, 2015

Adorned with a New Name

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
—Psalm 118:19
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
—Hebrews 4:15-16
God's throne is not displayed in naked majesty to confound us, but is adorned with a new name: Grace. And this we ought always remember whenever we catch ourselves avoiding God's presence.
—after John Calvin
Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
O God my Father, who art often closest to me when I am farthest from thee, and who art near at hand even when I feel that thou hast forsaken me, mercifully grant that the defeat of my self-will may be the triumph in me of thine eternal purpose.
  • May I grow more sure of thy reality and power. 
  • May I attain a clearer mind as to the meaning of my life on earth. 
  • May I strengthen my hold upon life eternal. 
  • May I look more and more to things unseen. 
  • May my desires grow less unruly and my imaginations more pure. 
  • May my love for my neighbor grow deeper and more tender, and may I be more willing to take their burdens on myself. 
To thy care, O God, I commend my soul and the souls of all whom I love and who love me; through Jesus Christ...
—John Baillie
(Spoken aloud or silently)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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