Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, as we have a continual contest with powerful enemies, that we may know that we are defended by Thy hand, and that even Thou are fighting for us when we are at rest, so that we may boldly contend under Thy protection and never be wearied, or yield to Satan and the wicked, or to any temptations, but firmly process in the course of our warfare.
And however much Thou mayest often humble us, so as to make us tremble under Thine awful judgment, may we yet never cease to entertain firm hope, since Thou hast once promised to be to us an eternal Father in Thine eternal and only begotten Son.
But being confirmed by the invincible constancy of faith, may we so submit ourselves to Thee as to bear all our afflictions patiently, till Thou gatherest us at length into that blessed rest that has been procured for us by the blood of Thine own Son. Amen.
[From: Lifting Up our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers from John Calvin]
Scripture Meditation: Habakkuk 3:2-7