Reading: “Prepare to meet thy God.”—Amos 4:12
Lord, let me feel that ”the sting of death is sin,” that not until I get the blessed sense of all my sins cancelled and forgiven in the blood of the Surety, can I be ready for my departure. “To me to live, may it be Christ,” that so “to die” may be great and eternal “gain.” Let me be enabled, by faith in death’s great Conqueror, to cultivate that holy familiarity with a dying hour, that I may be enabled, when it comes, to fall sweetly “asleep in Jesus,” and to hear His voice of love saying, “It is I, don’t be afraid.”
Look in mercy on the multitudes who are content to live on, unfit and unprepared for their great change. Awaken them to a sense of their guilt and peril. Show them their affecting need of Jesus, that time is wasting and eternity is hastening, that, “as the tree falls, so must it lie.”
I pray for the heathen who are perishing for lack of knowledge. Countenance and bless all the efforts of Your church to disseminate among them the gospel of the grace of God. May Your missionary servants, who have gone with their lives in their hands to the dark places of the earth, experience a peace which the world knows not of. May they have many souls as their glory and joy and crown at the day of Christ’s appearing.
Oh give us all grace, in our varied stations and relations in life, to do something for You. May we lay our time, our opportunities, our substance, on Your altar, and seek to “show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness.” And all I ask is for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Adapted from the Rev. John McDuff, D.D., The Morning Watches, 1852.