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increase_mather.jpgYou are the blessed God,
happy in yourself,
and the source of happiness in your creatures.
Our maker, benefactor, proprietor, upholder,
You have produced and sustained us,
supported and indulged us,
saved and kept us.

In every situation, you meet our needs and miseries.
May we live by you,
live for you,
and never be satisfied with our Christian progress
until we resemble Christ;
May conformity to His principles, temper, and conduct
grow hourly in our lives.
Let your love constrain us into holy obedience,
and render our duty our delight.

If others deem our faith folly,
our meekness infirmity,
our zeal madness,
our hope delusion,
our actions hypocrisy,
may we rejoice to suffer for your name.

Support us by the strength of heaven
that we may never turn back or desire false pleasures
that wilt and disappear into nothing.
As we pursue our heavenly journey by your grace,
let us be known as a people with no aim
but that of a burning desire for you,
and the good and salvation of others.

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In preparation for a worship set tonight, I’ve taken a prayer from the Valley of Vision and (gently) put it into somewhat more contemporary (and plural) language. I thought it might be an encouragement to some of you.

Give us a deeper trust,
that we may lose ourselves-
to find ourselves in you,
the ground of our rest,
the spring of our being.
Give us a deeper knowledge of yourself as
Saviour, Master, Lord, and King.

Give us deeper power in private prayer,
more sweetness in your Word,
a more steadfast grip on its truth.
Give us deeper holiness in speech, thought, and action;
and let us not seek moral virtue apart from you.

We have no master but you,
no law but your will,
no delight but yourself,
no wealth but that which you give,
no good but that which you bless,
no peace but that which you bestow.

We are nothing apart from what you make us.
We have nothing apart from what we receive from you.
We can be nothing apart from your grace which adorns us.
Quarry us deep, dear Lord,
and then fill us to the point that we overflow with living water.

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