A Prayer for the Sabbath Morn - Robert Dabney Bedinger

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A prayer for the Sabbath morning by Presbyterian missionary Robert Dabney Bedinger (1885-1970), as recorded from his diary (late 1920’s in the Belgian Congo, Africa) in “Mary Dabney’s” Light in Darkness, p. 128:

My dear Father - God:

On this Sabbath morn I come into Thy Holy Presence. Give me the true attitude of prayer. Enable me to realize that Thou art near and listening; to appreciate the solemnity of approaching Thy majesty and greatness. May I humble myself before Thee. Thou art the great Eternal, the One and Only God - the Maker of the universe and all therein. I praise Thee for Thy goodness, love, mercy, longsuffering, patience, grace, peace; for the gift of Thy Son, Jesus my Lord, I thank Thee for Thy written revealed will for me and all mankind. Give me a deeper love and reverence for it. May I store it up in my mind and heart and practice it all my life.

I praise Thee for the way that Thy truth has gone out into all the earth; that it meets the needs of men everywhere; that it reveals Thyself in Thy matchless love and shows forth a Saviour mighty to save and to help; that this Saviour has touched the lives of so many here in this land of darkness.