O Lord, with singleness of mind on You, give me greater singleness of aim!—more self-emptying and self-abasing—that He may be all in all! Lord, I am conscious often of mingled motives, that would not stand the test of Your pure eye and Your holy Word! How often do I forfeit the joys of assurance by admitting rival claimants to the throne of my affections! How often are the surpassing interests and glories of eternity dimmed and obscured by the engrossing things of time and of sense! How mixed with imperfection and earthliness and self-seeking are my best attempts to serve You!
Give me more of this unity and simplicity of purpose. Give me to make Christ more the one thing needful. Let all other love be subordinated to Yours. Be my chief joy. May I glow with holy zeal to promote Your cause and testify of Your grace. Remembering all that You have done for me, may I be animated to make a more entire consecration and surrender of all I am and have to Your glory.
Let me feel that whatever my rank or station or circumstances are, I have some mission to perform for You. May I “occupy it until my Lord comes.” Let me not squander fleeting moments or forego fleeting opportunities. “The night is coming, when none of us can work.” Enable me now, bowing at Your mercy-seat, to replenish anew my empty vessel with the oil of Your grace, that the lamp of faith may be kept burning brightly all the day. All that I ask is for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Adapted from the Rev. John McDuff, D.D., The Morning Watches, 1852.