My Friday morning’s devotions included this prayer — which seems so fitting for believers in materialist America on the eve of the weekend — for which so many “live”….
(From the wonderful collection THE VALLEY OF VISION, edited by Arthur Bennett)
Lord of immortality,
Before Whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces,
enable me to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear.
Thou who are Spirit and requireth truth in the inward parts, help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth.
Thou who art righteous, let me not harbor sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish.
I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised.
But it will be of eternal moment [significance] that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in His cross….