The Treasury of Daily Prayer has select readings for every day throughout the year. The “Writing” assigned for today is from John Bunyan (1628-1688).
Many of you may recognize him as the author of Pilgrim’s Progress. Here is the selection with some prayer requests to follow:
“I find to this day seven abominations in my heart: (1) An inclination to unbelief. (2) Suddenly forgetting the love and mercy that Christ shows us. (3) A leaning to the works of the Law. (4) Wanderings and coldness in prayer. (5) Forgetting to watch for that which I have prayed for. (6) A tendency to murmur because I have no more, and yet a willingness to abuse what I have. (7) I can do none of the things which God commands me, but my corruptions will thrust themselves upon me so that “When I would do good, evil is present with me.”
“These things I continually see and feel and am afflicted and oppressed with; yet the wisdom of God orders them for my good. (1) They make me abhor myself. (2) They keep me from trusting my heart. (3) They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness. (4) They show me the necessity of flying to Jesus. (5) They press me to pray to God. (6) They show me the need I have to watch and be sober. (7) And they provoke me to look to God, through Christ, to help me and carry me through this world. Amen.”
Treasury of Daily Prayer. CPH: 2008. Pg. 113.
Rev. Stephen W. Kieser, headmaster