Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that as we were from our beginning lost, when Thou were pleased to extend to us Thy hand and to restore us to salvation for the sake of Thy Son; and that as we continue even daily to run headlong to our own ruin — O grant that we may not, by sinning so often, so provoke at length Thy displeasure as to cause Thee to take away from us mercy Thou hast hitherto exercised toward us and through which Thou hast adopted us. But by Thy Spirit destroy the wickedness of our heart and restore us to a sound mind, that we may ever cleave to Thee with a true and sincere heart, that, being fortified by Thy defense, we may continue safe even amidst all kinds of danger, until at length Thou gatherest us into that blessed rest, which hast been prepared for us in heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
(From: Lifting Up our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers of John Calvin)
Scripture Meditation: Hosea 1:3-7