by Paul Tautges | September 22, 2015 9:53 am
This morning, during a time of prayer with a brother in Christ, my heart was blessed by this prayer from Matthew Henry:
Give us the grace to believe, for the faith that saves does not come from ourselves, but only as your gift. Lord, increase our faith. Perfect what is lacking in it, that we may be strong in faith, giving you the glory. [Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Luke 17:5; 1 Thess. 3:10; Rom. 4:20]
Let us be daily crucified with Christ, so that the life we live in the flesh will be by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave himself up to be crucified for us. As we continually bear in our bodies the dying of the Lord Jesus, let his life also be manifested in us. [Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 4:10].
As we have received Christ Jesus the Lord by faith, let us walk in him with the same faith. Let us be rooted and built up in him, established in the faith as we have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving. Let every word of yours profit us as it is mixed with faith. By our faith let us receive the testimony of Jesus, and then offer our own testimony that you, our God, are always true. Work in us that faith which makes substance out of things hoped for, and provides confirmation for things not seen. Let us look beyond visible things that are temporal and focus on invisible things that are eternal. [Col. 2:6-7; Heb. 4:2; John 3:33; Heb. 11:1; 2 Cor. 4:18]
Enable us by our faith to always perceive you as being immediately in our presence. Let us have our eyes directed toward you, that in everything we may act as though we see you, the one who forever remains invisible to the human eye. Instead of focusing on the dangers of this life, let us set our attention on your reward for those who continue to trust in you. [Psa. 16:8; 25:15; Heb. 11:26-27]
[From Matthew Henry’s A Way to Pray]
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