Word of Encouragement (07/25/2022)
Another morning prayer of John Baillie’s to begin the week:
“HOLY Father, from whom all good things come, let the Christian gifts of faith, hope, and love be more firmly established in me every day.
O God, I believe—
that you rule all things in wisdom and righteousness;
that you have called me to be your loyal servant;
that you have the right to call me to complete obedience to your will;
that in Jesus Christ you have shown me a way of salvation, so that I may be delivered from my sins;
that if I truly repent, you are willing to forgive and save me.
O God, I hope—
for you daily mercies to continue;
for the loosening of sin’s grip upon my will;
for my growth in grace and in true holiness from day to day;
for a more perfect holiness, when my earthly days are finished;
for a day when I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
O God, I love you—
who yourself are love;
who in love created me, and in love still cherish me;
who loved me so much that you sent your Son to suffer and die so that I might live with you; who have commanded me to show my love to you by loving my neighbor for your sake.
“Help me in my unbelief, O God; give me greater patience in my hope; and make me more faithful in my love. In loving let me believe and in believing let me love; and in loving and in believing let me hope for a more perfect love and a more unwavering faith; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.”