Lord God, help me not to be a starter only, but to be a “carry-onner” and a good finisher as well. Let me not lose courage or determination or the vision. Help me not only to finish things myself, but to be an encourager of others when they grow tired. Through Jesus Christ I ask it. AMEN
O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory: through him that for the finishing of thy work laid down his life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. AMEN
(Prayer of Sir Francis Drake on the day he sailed into Cadiz, 1587).
Living God, thank you for this day, its open possibilities, its challenges and its trials. Give me strength and courage to live by faith, to look to the future, to find joy in the hours I have to fill, and, at the end, serenity and peace. Glory to God all the day through. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy”.
Ex 20:8 GNB
The issue for the majority of Christian believers is not the silly arithmetical question of whether we observe the first or the seventh day of the week. It is how do we, as sincere Christian be- lievers, keep the Lord’s Day holy?
“The answer is by behaving as Jesus did. His Sabbaths were not for idle amusement, but for worshipping God and doing good. What the Shorter Catechism calls ‘works of necessity and mercy’… Freedom from secular chores secures freedom to serve the Lord on his own day. Matthew Henry says that the Sabbath was made a day of holy rest so that it might be a day of holy work. From this holy work, in our sedentary and lonely world, physical recreation and family fun will not be excluded, but worship and Christian fellowship will come first… the underlying principle is clear… we must honour God … by our use of time, in a rhythm of toil and rest – six days for work crowned by one day for worship. God’s claim on our Sabbaths reminds us that all our time is his gift, to be given back to him and used for him. ‘Take my life’ includes ‘take my mo- ments and my days – take my time, all of it’. This is where true obe- dience to the fourth commandment begins. It is commonly recog- nized that Christians are stewards of the gifts and money that God gives them; that we are stewards of the time we are given is less stressed, but just as true. …Paul urges ‘Look carefully how you walk … making the best use of the time, because the days are evil’ (Eph 5:15ff)” (J. I. Packer, Keeping the Ten Commandments, p67, 68).
Lord help me to be a good steward of my time.
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