God’s minute

It’s that time of year…time to start something new…things are changing…it’s autumn and the beginning of a new school year…

sassafras and sunshine

Some things don’t change, however. Our need for meaningful prayer, for instance. I found a little book published in 1916, called God’s Minute: A Book of 365 Daily Prayers Sixty Seconds Long for Home Worship. The prayers are written by 365 clergymen and laymen. The prayers are short, but inspiring. I’ve been using them during the prayer and Bible time that opens our school day, adding our personal prayers and prayer for a particular missionary each day. For my daughter’s sake, I read the Thee/Thou as You. Following is today’s prayer.

September Sixteenth

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. Ps. 95:2

O Lord God, our Father, Saviour and Guide, by Whose gracious and bountiful providence we have been nourished and sustained until this hour, and in Whose redemptive, all-embracing love we greatly rejoice, accept we beseech Thee, the sincere and profound gratitude of our hearts for Thine unfailing mercy and goodness. Pardon, we implore Thee, all our failings, faults and follies. By the Spirit dwelling with us, sweeten our dispositions and chasten all our appetites and desires. Sanctify our home, light it with the lamp of Thy presence continually, and warm it with the fire of Thy love.

Make Thy way plain before our eyes, and lead us onward and upward. Sanctify unto us all our trials and difficulties. Help us over the hard places, and in the smooth places suffer us not to forget our constant need of Thee. Quicken and intensify our love to Thee, and help us to be compassionate and generous in all our dealings with our fellow-men. Enable us to do justly and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with Thee. May we not be overcome of evil, but may we overcome evil with good.

O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish Thou the righteous. And may the whole earth be filled with Thy glory! Amen.


One Comment

  1. Genny
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Well said. I really like it.

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