Sunday, November 15, 2015

A prayer on the Lord's Day by Richard Baxter


O Eternal, Almighty, and most gracious God!
Heaven is thy throne, and earth is thy footstool;
holy and reverend is thy name.
Thou art praised by the heavenly hosts, and
in the congregation of the saints on earth;
and wilt be sanctified in all
that come nigh unto thee.
We are sinful and unworthy dust;
but being invited by thee,
we are bold, through our blessed Mediator,
to present ourselves and our supplications before thee.
Receive us graciously,
help us by thy Spirit,
let thy fear be upon us;
put thy laws into our hearts, and
write them in our minds;
let thy word come unto us in power,
and received in love,
with attentive, reverent and obedient minds.
Make it to us the savour of life unto life.
Cause us to be fervent in prayer, and
joyful in thy praises,
and serve thee this day without distraction:
that we may find that a day in thy courts is better than a thousand,
and that it is good for us to draw near to God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
-Richard Baxter (1615-1691), from the Savoy Liturgy