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God Meant This Minute For Today

This is one of the more powerful prayers I have encountered.  It felt important to share it.

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":

Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning: and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.--Hosea 6: 3.

O God, Father, Saviour, and Revealer, sanctify all those who in the midst of truth seek more truth.  As they question the authority of the past, increase their loyalty to the things which are eternal.  May liberty of thought leave unsullied the simplicity of their trust in Thee.  As the steep ascent of truth reveals the ever-widening horizon of Thy thought, lead them in the narrow path of humble and sacrificial service.  Enable them to share the joy of their emanicipation without weakening other men's faith in the God of their own experience.  May pride of learning never chill the warmth of prayer.  May opposition and misinterpretation arouse within them no bitterness or plans for retaliation.  As by Thy grace they are led into deeper sympathy with their Lord, may they give to the world their new assurance of the triumph of His Kingdom, rather than the agony of their struggle with doubt.  And ever amid the clash of argument may they find the peace that passeth understanding in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Shailer Mathews, D.D.,
Chicago, Illinois