A Prayer of John Calvin’s

June 24, 2010


This is one of those nights where pontificating, theorizing, declaring, or ruminating about some topic is just not satisfying.  I really only want to meditate right now; try to take in something peaceful from the Lord.  So for mutual benefit, I thought I’d post a devotional type prayer and allow it to speak to you personally.  Perhaps it can be a springboard to your own bible study or prayer time. 


Grant, Almighty God, that since under the guidance of thy Son we have been united together in the body of thy Church, which has been so often scattered and torn asunder, ­­O grant that we may continue in the unity of faith, and perseveringly fight against all the temptations of this world, and never deviate from the right course, whatever new troubles may daily arise; and though we are exposed to many deaths, let us not be seized with fear, such as may extinguish in our ears every hope; but may we, on the contrary, learn to raise up our eyes and minds and all our thoughts to thy great power, by which thou quickenest the dead, and raisest from nothing things which are not, so that, though we be daily exposed to ruin, our souls may ever aspire to eternal salvation, until thou at length really showest thyself to be the fountain of life, when we shall enjoy that endless felicity which has been obtained for us by the blood of thine only begotten Son our Lord. Amen.

John Calvin
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