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God's Minute for June 5th

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":

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. -- Isa. 40: 31.

     O God, our Heavenly Father, Who hast declared Thy love for Thy children by sending Thy Son Jesus Christ into the world to be our Redeemer, we beseech Thee to enable us to live today and every day in thankfulness to Thee for what Thou hast done and art doing for us.  In all our temptations and trials, in all the duties that are to be performed, teach us to seek Thy grace, which is sufficient for us and seeking it, to use it so that we may not fall into sin, nor fail to fulfill the work that Thou hast given us to do.  Grant us ever to keep in the forefront of our remembrance the fact that as Christ has enlightened us, so we are to be a light unto the world.
     Preserve us from the sin of denying Thee by our lives while we confess Thee with our lips, and from bringing harm to others by our inconsistency and neglect.  Increase our faith, our hope, and our love, and use us "just as Thou wilt, and when, and where," as instruments for the promotion of Thy glory, and for the salvation of the world.
     We ask it in the Name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Bishop Joseph M. Francis, D.D.,
Indianapolis, Indiana.