Daily Devotionals: (June 19th): Prayer for a Pilgrim Church

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”—Hebrews 11:13

O adorable Saviour, You who were once Yourself a pilgrim— the lonely, weary, homeless, afflicted One who had often no arm to lean upon and no voice to cheer You, an outcast wanderer and sojourner in Your own creation—I rejoice to think that You have trodden all this wilderness-world before me, that You know its dreariest paths. I take comfort in the assurance that there is at the right hand of the Majesty on high a fellow-Sufferer who has drunk of every “brook in the way,” shed every tear of earthly sorrow, heaved every sigh of earthly suffering, and who, being Himself the “tried and tempted One,” is able and willing to support every pilgrim who is tried and tempted too.

I beseech You this day to look down in great kindness on all my beloved friends. Seal to them a saving interest in Your great salvation. Wash them all in Your blood, sanctify them all by Your Spirit. May not one be missing on “the day when You make up Your jewels.”

Pity a fallen world. Your church is slumbering, the enemy is all vigilant, souls are perishing. Arise, Lord, and plead Your own cause. Promote greater unity and love and concord among Your own people. Let us be nearer Jesus, and then we shall be nearer one another. Give us all more of the single eye to Your glory. Make us more self-sacrificing, more heavenly-minded, more Saviour-like. And all I ask is for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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.

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