Saturday, May 20, 2006

God's Minute

May 2o

Incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.--Joshua 24:23

OUR Heavenly Father, we pray Thee to accept this, our morning prayer and praise. We praise Thee for Thy goodness in having brought us safely to the beginning of another day; for Thy preservation of us during our past lives; for all the mercies Thou hast bestowed upon us, notwithstanding our repeated transgressions; but especially for Jesus Christ, our Saviour, and in Him, all our means of grace and hopes of glory.

Give us grace that, amidst all our worldly cares and occupations, we may never forget Thee, but remember that we are ever walking in Thy sight. Enable us to subdue all unholy desires, and, denying all ungodliness and unholy lusts, to live wholly righteously and godly in this present world. Preserve us from idleness in the concerns both of our souls and bodies, that we may not be slothful in business, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Be pleased, O Lord, to comfort and succor the poor and the afflicted, and dispose us to do good unto all men.

Spread the knowledge of Thy Word, and make Thy Church the instrument of diffusing and upholding true religion. Preserve us all in the unity of the faith, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life, and finally bring us to Thy Kingdom in Heaven, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Bishop James Steptoe Johnson, D.D.,
Kerrville, Texas

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