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A Minute for God: October 24

Here's today's scripture reference and prayer from "God's Minute", a book published in 1916 that contains 365 daily prayers sixty seconds long for home worship "by the most eminent preachers and laymen in the English speaking world":

And make confession unto Him.--Josh. 7:19.

Our Heavenly Father, we thank thee for keeping guard over us during the night.  We laid us down and slept; we awakened because Thou didst sustain us.  Thou hast opened to us the gateway of this new day and set before us open doors of fresh opportunity and privilege.  As we go forth to new duties and responsibilities, we pray for Thy presence to go with us.  Strengthen us in our weakness, guide us in our ignorance, and inspire us both to will and to do according to Thy good pleasure.  Enable us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto Thee, which is our reasonable service.  We commit to Thee all our loved ones, and beseech Thee that Thy Spirit may so control their hearts and guide their lives as to save them from forgetfulness of Thee, and from neglect of Thy claims.  Remember those in authority over us.  Put Thy fear in their hearts, that they may faithfully discharge their responsible duties.  May Thy Spirit rest on all our people, causing us to lead peacable, quiet and orderly lives.  Hasten the triumphs of Thy Kingdom, until all hearts shall be brought under the rule of Christ, and the whole family of man shall constitute a brotherhood bound together by the bond of Christian love.  These blessings, we ask, with the forgiveness of our sins, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

R.C. Reed, D.D.,
Columbia, S.C.