Saturday, May 25, 2013

A prayer about falling away again, by John Calvin

John Calvin
A Prayer About Falling Away Again
Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only of late adopted us as thy children before we were born, and as thou hast been pleased to sign us, as soon as we came forth from our mother's womb, with the symbol of that holy redemption, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thy only begotten Son, though we have by our ingratitude renounced so great a benefit --- O grant, that being mindful of our defection and unfaithfulness, of which we are all guilty, and for which thou hast justly rejected us, we may now with true humility and obedience of faith embrace the grace of thy gospel now again offered to us, by which thou reconcilest thyself to us; and grant that we may steadfastly persevere in pure faith, so as never to turn aside from the true obedience of faith, but to advance more and more in the knowledge of thy mercy, that having strong and deep roots, and being firmly grounded in the confidence of sure faith, we may never fall away from the true worship of thee, until thou at length receivest us into that eternal kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy only Son. Amen.1

1.  John Calvin, Commentary on Hosea 2:4-5 [Grand Rapids, MI; Baker House Book, 1989 reprint] p. 85

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