Morning Prayers With J. C. MacDuff

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“Doubtless you are our Father.”
Isaiah 63:16.

“One God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in you
all.” Ephesians 4:6

And He said unto them, When you pray,
say —

MY FATHER in heaven, God over all,
blessed for evermore; draw near to me
in infinite mercy this morning. I laid me
down and slept; I awaked, because You
did sustain me. Vouchsafe now the
blessing which makes rich—and adds
no sorrow with it. May the conscious
sense of Your love and nearness, help
and guide, cheer and comfort me
throughout the day; that its every duty
begun, carried on, and ended in You—
may redound, through Jesus, to Your
praise and glory.

All Your creatures own Your paternal
care. You open Your hand, and satisfy
the desire of every living thing. With a
still deeper reverence and filial
affection, may I be enabled to look up to the omniscient, omnipresent One, and address You by the endearing name, “Doubtless You are our Father.”

While I love to trace Your presence and power in nature and in daily providence — the everlasting watch kept by You day and night over Your creation — I adore You especially as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him — MY covenant God and heavenly Father. It is to Him I owe my every adoption privilege. Through Him has been revealed the Father’s heart of
tenderness and the Father’s home of
love. By Him the gracious accents were
uttered, and the truth of the gracious
name confirmed,

“My Father, and your Father; my God, and your God.”

As the Way, and the Truth, and the life — God’s way to the sinner, and the
sinner’s way to God — I would thus
dismiss all servile fear, as I now bind
the sacrifice with cords, even unto the
horns of the altar.

Seal and ratify to me, a saving interest
in this divine Fatherhood. Inspire me
more and more with the love and
confidence of Your adopted children.
With some good measure of faith and
trust, may it be mine to say, “MY Lord
and my God!” “I know whom I have
believed.” Put more of the filial spirit
within me — the spirit of joy and peace;
of restful reliance on Your good and
gracious guidance here, and the
blessed assurance of Your full vision
and fruition hereafter. Keep me humble
and lowly; make me charitable and
forgiving, pure in thought and pure in
deed. May it be my habitual aspiration
to walk worthy of You unto all well-
pleasing, as it befits the sons and
daughters of the Lord Almighty.

Bless all in sorrow. In the midst of the
earthquake and the fire, let them listen
to the still, small voice. May every
misgiving be silenced. “He who spared
not His own Son” may well encourage
confidence, and inspire the
unmurmuring word, “Even so, Father;
for so it seemed good in Your sight.”
Regard in kindness my beloved friends
and relatives. Watch between us when
we are absent one from another; and
may their names be written among the
living in Jerusalem. Bless Your church
universal. Lengthen its cords, and
strengthen its stakes. Promote all
efforts for the proclamation of Your
truth, and for hastening the time when
unto Him who is above all, and through
all, and in all—the voice of universal
adoration will be heard ascending.

Meanwhile, in reliance on a promised
answer, and the bestowment of all
needed present and future blessings, I
would unite with Your redeemed family
in calling You my Father.

“MY Father in heaven, hallowed be
Your name. May Your kingdom come.
May Your will be done on earth as it is
in heaven. Give us today our daily
bread. Forgive us our sins, just as we
have forgiven those who have sinned
against us. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from the evil
one.”

Download my short mp3 podcast on Speaker
1. Is Your Bible Well Read? http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/5337029.mp3
2. Avoid It, Turn From Sin … http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/5342557.mp3
3. Signs of The End Time http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/5223263.mp3
4. Sin is the mother of hell. http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/5336980.mp3

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