Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The Mystery of the Faith

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
To God, the mighty Lord,
your joyful thanks repeat;
to him due praise afford,
as good as he is great.
For God does prove our constant friend;
his boundless love shall never end.
 —Psalm 136:1
Suggested tune: Darwall's 148 (66.66.88)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
They must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
—1 Timothy 3:9
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
He gives to the sum of Christian doctrine the honorable appellation of a mystery; as indeed God, through the gospel, reveals to humanity a wisdom which angels in heaven behold with admiration. Thus we need not wonder if it exceed human capacity. Let us, therefore, remember that it ought to be embraced with the deepest reverence; and because we could never, by our own strength, ascend to such a height, let us humbly entreat God to impart it to us by the Spirit of revelation. On the other hand, when we see the wicked either ridicule those doctrines or have no relish for them, let us acknowledge that it is owing to the grace of God that those things which have been hidden from others are in our hearts.
—John Calvin (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Thank you, Lord, for the faith that is in my heart. May I treasure it in humility, seeking to understand that which is now a mystery, and seeking to share that which was never mine to keep...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
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.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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