“O Lord, length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in Thy presence, in Thy service, to Thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour, that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit to supply every thought, speak in every word, direct every step, prosper every work, build up every mote of faith, and give me a desire to show forth Thy praise; testify Thy love, advance Thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with Thee, O Father, as my harbour, Thee, O Son, at my helm, Thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt, my lamp burning, my ear open to Thy calls, my heart full of love, my soul free.
Give me Thy grace to sanctify me, Thy comforts to cheer, Thy wisdom to teach, Thy right hand to guide, Thy counsel to instruct, Thy law to judge, Thy presence to stabilize.
May Thy fear be my awe, Thy triumphs my joy.”
This Puritan prayer from the “Valley of Vision” prayer book fully summarizes my heart’s desire for 2016. The longer I’ve thought about being a father, the more I’ve realized that I need to press deeper into the Father. I don’t know Him well enough. I don’t know His Word well enough. I don’t pray enough. These are critical to my sanctification, and the sanctification of my wife and son. That is a burden and a responsibility that I am not quite ready for. My wife has been one thing – because she pursues her sanctification apart from me along with what I do for her. But my son will not be able to do this for himself until… well, I don’t know when. Lord, equip me for this task.
O how I need You my God. I want nothing besides Jesus in everything. Give me this one thing – Your presence as I’ve never known it before. I will worship You all my days, and in all my ways.