Heavenly Father, I cannot shield my heart from Your gaze, nor do I desire to do so.  You are aware of both my open violations of Your Law and my secret faults.  My life is indeed marked by omissions of duty, of unprofitable attendance upon the means of grace, and of my carnality in worshiping You.  At present, it is a day of small things with me.  I have light enough to see my darkness, sensibility enough to feel the hardness of my heart, spirituality enough to mourn my want of a heavenly mind; I am a servant in great need of my Master’s grace.  Recall me to Yourself.  Make my will a servant to Your truth and commandments.  Forgive me all sins of my past and restore my soul, that I might go forth this day from Your presence in the great congregation, renewed in faith and resolved to love You with all my heart, soul, strength and mind, and my neighbor as myself.  In Christ’s name I pray.  Amen.


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