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A Prayer, for study to be worship

Today is my first day of classes after the Thanksgiving Break, and I’m excited to be back. I love school because I love learning; I love the energy and the structure of it. Starting today, however, I have only three and a half weeks before Christmas Break, the end of the semester, and I will officially be half complete with my seminary degree! Looking ahead at the next 3 1/2 weeks, I have a lot to do: books to read, papers to write, experiences to reflect on, and work to finish.

Thus, my prayer this morning before all of this starts in earnest, is not “Take this cup from me.” It is not “Come, Lord Jesus. Come.” It is that this work would be in the fullest, richest way, an act of worship:

GLORIOUS GOD,

It is the flame of my life to worship thee,

the crown and glory of my soul to adore thee,

heavenly pleasure to approach thee.

Give me power by thy Spirit to help me worship now,

that I may forget the world,

be brought into fullness of life,

be refreshed, comforted, blessed.

Give me knowledge of thy goodness

that I might not be over-awed by they greatness;

Give me Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God,

that I might not be terrified,

but be drawn near with filial love,

with holy boldness;

He is my mediator, brother, interpreter,

branch, daysman, Lamb;

him I glorify,

in him I am set on high.

Crowns to give I have none,

but what thou hast given I return,

content to feel that everything is mine when it is thine,

and the more fully mine when I have yielded it to thee.

Let me live wholly to my Savior,

free from distractions,

from carking care,

from hindrances to the pursuit of the narrow way.

I am pardoned through the blood of Jesus–

give me a new sense of it,

continue to pardon me by it,

may I come every day to the fountain,

and every day be washed anew,

that I may worship thee always in spirit and truth.

~ from The Valley of Vision, ed. Arthur Bennett

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