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Thy Gracious Keeping

(John MacDuff, "The Gates of Prayer")

Anew I commend myself to Thy gracious keeping this day.
Guide me by Thy counsel
guard me from temptationlead
me in the everlasting way. May every unloving thought
unworthy aim and aspiration
give place to what is pure and
unselfish and kind. May every idol that would usurp Thy place
be overthrown. May no corrupt thought pollute my heart
unworthy utterance defile my tongue
no unholy action stain
my life. Preserve me from the world's insinuating, seductive
and from the treachery and deceitfulness of my own
evil heart.

Whatever is my dominant sin

  ease or pleasure;
  pride or passion;
  covetousness or ambition;
enable me by the promised help of Thy Spirit,
to subdue it
nailing it to the Redeemer's cross.

Defend me from every snare and danger
which may beset my path. Be . . .
  my Shield in prosperity;
  my Refuge in adversity;
  my Comforter in sorrow;
  my Light in darkness;
  my Hope in death;
  my Defender and Vindicator in judgment;
  my Joy and Portion through all eternity!

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