Morning Needs

I just returned from a week in Copper Mountain, Colorado where I engaged in Campus Crusade’s STINT briefing. This was a group of nearly 400 recent college graduates gathered for some training and perspective as they head out for a year of mission to all parts of the world. I was privileged to be both a participant and presenter while there–and to spend time with eight others who will be a part of team Florence as we engage in campus ministry in Italy next month. I will share more from that time later in the next few days–but today, as I recover and gain my bearings, I thought I would share another prayer from The Valley of Vision. The title is “Morning Needs” and seemed an appropriate daily prayer for leaders.

O God, the author of all good,

I come to thee for the grace another day will require for its duties and events.
I step out into a wicked world, I carry about with me an evil heart,
I know that without thee I can do nothing,
that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself,
may prove an occasion of sin or folly,
unless I am kept by thy power.

Hold me up and I shall be safe.

Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error,
my affections from love of idols,
my character from stain of vice,
my profession from every form of evil.

May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore thy blessing,
and in which I cannot invite thy inspection.

Prosper me in all lawful undertakings,
or prepare me for disappointments;
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with food convenient for me,
lest I be full and deny thee and say, Who is the Lord?
or be poor, and steal, and take thy name in vain.

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and thy will;
Teach me how to use the world, and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time,
to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within,
to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians.

And to thee be the glory.

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