April 13, 2021

Now... but Not Yet

O Jerusalem, wash your heart clean of wickedness so that you may be saved. How long shall your evil schemes lodge within you?
Jeremiah 4:14
To repent is quite simple. Repentance is simply a change of heart, or a change of direction. But sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult. For too often, we know the right, but our hearts are too attached to the wrong.

And so I want to spend less time talking about today's scripture, and more time praying it...

Bear fruits worthy of repentance. 
 Luke 3:8
Prayer to help think about today's devotion:
O God, let thy Spirit now enter my heart.
Now as I pray this prayer, let not any room within me be furtively closed to keep thee out.
O God, give me power to follow after that which is good.
Now as I pray this prayer, let there be no secret purpose of evil formed in my mind, that waits for an opportunity of fulfillment.
O God, bless all my undertakings and cause them to prosper.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not be still holding to some undertaking on which I dare not ask thy blessing.
O God, give me chastity.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not say to myself secretly, "but not yet," or "but not overmuch."
O God, bless my family, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not still harbor in my heart a wrongful feeling of jealousy or bitterness or anger towards any of them.
O God, bless my enemies and those who have done me wrong.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not still cherish in my heart the resolve to take revenge on them when occasion offers.
O God, let thy kingdom come on earth.
Now as I pray this prayer, let me not be still intending to devote my own best hours and years to the service of lesser ends. 
 John Baillie
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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