Calvin: Under Your Command

Grant, Almighty God,
that as You have showed to us by evidences
so remarkable that all things are under Your command,
and that we, who live in this world through Your favor,
are as nothing, for You could reduce us to nothing
in a moment—

O grant that,
being conscious of Your power,
we may reverently fear Your hand and be wholly devoted
to Your glory.

And as You kindly offer Yourself to us as a father,
may we be drawn by this kindness and surrender
ourselves wholly to You by a willing obedience,
and never labor for anything through life
but to glorify Your name, as You have redeemed us
through Your only begotten Son, that so we may also
enjoy through Him that eternal inheritance
that is laid up for us in heaven. Amen.

-John Calvin, prayer on Amos 8:13–9:6, Lifting Up Our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers by John Calvin, Edited by Justin Benge, Reformation Heritage Books, 2012.

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