A Work-Day Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thou hast placed me in the church

which thy Son purchased by his own blood.

Add grace to grace that I may live worthy

of my vocation.

 

I am a voyager across life’s ocean;

Safe in heaven’s ark, may I pass through

a troubled world

into the harbour of eternal rest.

 

I am a tree of the vineyard thou hast planted.

Grant me not to be barren, with worthless

leaves and wild grapes;

Prune me of useless branches;

Water me with dews of blessing.

I am part of the Lamb’s bride, the church.

Help me to be true, faithful, chaste, loving,

pure, devoted;

Let no strong affection wantonly dally

with the world.

May I live high above a love of things temporal,

sanctified, cleansed, unblemished, hallowed

by grace,

thy love my fullness,

thy glory my joy,

thy precepts my pathway,

thy cross my resting place.

My heart is not always a flame of adoring love,

But, resting in thy Son’s redemption,

I look forward to the days of heaven,

where no langour shall oppress,

no iniquities chill,

no mists of unbelief dim the eye,

no zeal ever tires.

Father, these thoughts are the stay, prop,

and comfort of my soul.

Valley of Vision

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