Guide me by Your counsel…

(John MacDuff, “The Gates of Prayer”) 

Anew I commend myself to Your gracious keeping this day.

Guide me by Your counsel,
guard me from temptation,
lead me in the everlasting way.

May every unloving thought, every unworthy aim and aspiration–give place to what is pure and unselfish and kind; every idol that would usurp Your place be overthrown. May . . .
no corrupt thought pollute my heart,
or unworthy utterance defile my tongue,
and unholy action stain my life.
Preserve me from the world’s insinuating, seductive power–and from the treachery and deceitfulness of my own evil heart.

Whatever is my dominant sin–
ease, or pleasure;
pride, or passion;
covetousness, or ambition;
enable me by the promised help of Your Spirit, to subdue it–nailing it to the Redeemer’s cross.

Defend me from every snare and danger which may beset my path. Be . . .
my Shield in prosperity,Guide me by Your counsel
Refuge in adversity,
Comforter in sorrow,
Light in darkness,
Hope in death,
Defender and Vindicator in judgment,
my Joy and Portion through all eternity!

Guide me by Your counsel!

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“Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God!” — Psalm 90:2

O My Soul! Seek to fill yourself with thoughts of the Almighty. Lose yourself in the impenetrable tracts of His Glory!

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