Saturday, September 03, 2016

He Only

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Thou Lord, by strictest search hast known
my rising up and lying down;
My secret thoughts are known to thee—
known long before conceived by me.
—Psalm 139:1-2
Suggested tune: Mendon (LM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.
—Jeremiah 17:14
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
For this cause have we who are evil a good Father, that we may not always continue evil. No evil person can make another person good. If no evil person can make another good, how can an evil person make him- or herself good? He only can make of an evil person a good man, who is good eternally.
—Augustine of Hippo (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
O divine Father, whose mercy ever awaits those who return unto thee in true lowliness and contrition of heart, hear now one humble supplicant who needs thy help.
  • For my deceitful heart and crooked thoughts; 
  • For barbed words spoken deliberately; 
  • For thoughtless words spoken hastily; 
  • For envious and prying eyes; 
  • For ears that rejoice in iniquity and rejoice not in the truth; 
  • For greedy hands; 
  • For wandering and loitering feet; 
  • For haughty looks: 
Have mercy upon me, O God..
—John Baillie
 
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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