Saturday, November 26, 2016

Think about these things.

Gladden the soul of your servant, for to You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. Psalm 86:4

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

And it’s really about what is true and noble and right. His will.

Take my will, and give me Yours.

Oh Thou who compassest the whole earth with Thy most merciful favour and willest not that nay of Thy children should perish, I would call down Thy blessing today upon all who are striving towards the making of a better world. I pray, O God, especially–
For all who are valiant for truth:
For all who are working for purer and juster laws:
For all who are working for peace between the nations:
For all those who are engaged in healing disease:
For all who are engaged in the relief of poverty:
For all who are engaged in the rescue of the fallen:
For all who are working towards the restoration of the broken unity of Thy Holy Church:
For all who preach the gospel:
For all who bear witness to Christ in foreign lands:
For all who suffer for righteousness’ sake.
Cast down, O Lord, all the forces of cruelty and wrong. Defeat all selfish and worldly-minded schemes, and prosper all that is conceived among us in the spirit of Christ and carried out to the honour of His blessed name. Amen.  -John Baillie

And this prayer gladdens my heart. Because it becomes about what is of value. This is His will, that none of His beloved children should perish. And He is about restoration.

And I long to be about my Father’s business. Even if right now it is about my forty fourteen-year-olds, and it is just about writing engaging lesson plans this morning, and that I do a better job of scaffolding understanding, because that last bunch of tests looked pretty clueless. And give me Your insight and Your wisdom and Your grace, which is without limits.

Count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

And to pray without ceasing.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.