perfect freedom

Almighty God,
   in whom we live and move and have our being,
you have made us for yourself,
   and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Of your great mercy, forgive us.
Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose,
   that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will,
   and no weakness from doing it.
In your light may we see light clearly,
   and in your service may we find our perfect freedom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Freedom through Grace

God, you know our hearts,
and you see our temptations and struggles.
Have pity on us and deliver us from the sins
which make war upon our souls.
You are all-powerful,
and we are weak and erring.
Faithful God, our trust is in you.
Deliver us from the bondage of evil,
and grant that we may from now on
be your devoted servants,
serving you in the freedoms of holy love,
for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Eugene Bersier, 1831-1889. Swiss Reformed pastor
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Christian Prayers & Devotions

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