Daily Devotionals: (May 25th): Prayer for Growth in Holiness

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “Grow in grace.”—2 Peter 3:18

O God, draw near to me in fullness in Your great mercy. Another peaceful morning has dawned upon me. May it be mine to know the happiness of those who walk all the day in the light of Your countenance.

O best and kindest of Beings, teach me to know, amid the smiles and the frowns, the joys and the sorrows of an ever-changing world, what it is to have an unchanging refuge and portion in You. I can mourn no blank, I can feel no solitude, when I have Your presence and love. If I have nothing beside—stripped and divested of every other blessing—I have the richest of all, if I am at peace with God.

I desire to dwell with devout contemplation on the infinite loveliness of Your moral nature. Lord, I long to have this guilty, erring soul, molded and fashioned in increasing conformity to Your blessed mind and will. Let my great concern from now be to love, serve, and please You more and more. May all Your dealings with me, of whatever kind they be, contribute in promoting this growth in holiness.

May prosperity draw forth a perpetual thank-offering of praise for unmerited mercies. May adversity purify away the dross of worldliness and sin. May every day be finding the power of sin weaker and weaker and the dominion of grace stronger and stronger. Living under the powers of a world to come, may I look forward with joyful expectation to the time when sin shall no longer impede my spiritual growth, when every faculty of a glorified and exalted nature shall be enlisted in Your service in a world of eternal joy.

Adapted from the Rev. John McDuff, D.D., The Morning Watches, 1852.

John Ross Macduff was born at Bonhard, near Perth, on May 23, 1818. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, he became parish minister of Kettins, Forfarshire,  in 1842. In 1849 he moved to St. Madoes, Perthshire, and in 1855 to Sandyford, Glasgow. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Glasgow in 1862, and from the University of New York about the same time. He retired from pastoral work in 1871, moved to Chislehurst, Kent where he died in 1887.

2 Comments to “Daily Devotionals: (May 25th): Prayer for Growth in Holiness”

  1. Aaron:

    I’m so glad that your devotionals are Rev. Mc Duff’s once again. I find him extremely profound and his writings a tremendous blessing, especially as a start of each morning devotionals.

    Blessings always,

    Bill

    • Thanks Bill, I enjoyed these prayers of McDuff myself. They are worth using again…and again.

      Every blessing
      Aaron

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