On Wednesday we engage in our annual day of prayer and fasting. Please join with your brothers and sisters in focused prayer, thanking God for bringing us along to this point in our corporate history, and asking him to lead us as a congregation in the year ahead.
Length of days does not profit us
unless the days are passed in your presence,
in your presence, to your glory.
Give us a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids, every hour,
that we may not be one moment apart from you,
but may rely on your Spirit to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every speck of faith;
Give us a desire to show forth your praise,
testify to your love,
advance your reign.
We launch our bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with you, O Father, as our harbor,
you, O Son, at our helm,
you, O Spirit, filling our sails.
Guide us to the New Jerusalem with our lamp burning,
our ears open to your calls,
our hearts full of love,
our souls free.
Give us your grace to sanctify us,
your comfort to cheer,
your wisdom to teach,
your right hand to guide,
your counsel to instruct,
your law to judge,
your presence to stabilize.
May fear of you be our awe,
your triumphs our joy.
Source: Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975, p. 112. I gently edited this prayer; in particular, I changed the pronouns to turn a personal prayer into a corporate prayer.
[Originally posted on January 14, 2014]