A few weeks ago I wrote about beginning each new day in prayer to each person in the Holy Trinity. A member of our ACT 3 board, Marc Payne, was once a member of John Stott’s congregation at All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London. After he read that blog he sent to me the prayer that his pastor prayed each morning. I found so very helpful and thus I thought you would as well.
Good morning heavenly Father. Good morning Lord Jesus. Good morning Holy Spirit. Father I pray that I may live this day in Your presence and please You more and more. Lord Jesus I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow You. Holy Spirit I pray that this day You will fill me with Yourself and cause Your fruit to ripen in my life, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three Persons in one God, have mercy upon me, Amen.
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Thanks for that prayer John. I enjoy collecting prayers like that to use in my devotional time. One of my favorites, although not trinitarian, is John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer.
“I am no longer my own, but Thine,
Put me to what Thou Wilt,
rank me with whom Thou wilt;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for Thee or
laid aside for Thee, exalted for Thee or
brought low for Thee; let me be full,
let me be empty; let me have all things,
let me have nothing;
I freely and heartily yeild all things
to Thy pleasure and disposal.”
Here’s a longer recension of Stott’s morning prayer that was handed out at our church:
“Good morning, heavenly Father; good morning, Lord Jesus; good morning, Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I worship you as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world. Holy Spirit, I worship you, Sanctifier of the people of God. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me. Amen.”