Piper’s Prayer

John Piper preached before this year’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America June 16, 2005 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can read or listen to the sermon, “Toward Spiritual Awakening and Unity: Meditations on the Whole Counsel of God“. (highly recommended) This morning I wanted to just pull out a prayer he offered. This text serves as a wonderful pattern for my own prayer this morning. Read it slowly, meditating on the full weight of the petitions..

O God, grant us to see the fullness of the justice of Jesus Christ—how his death in our place absorbed all your righteous wrath against us so that it is just to justify the ungodly, and how it will be perfectly just for him to cast into everlasting torment those who spurn his offer of reconciliation.

And grant us to see and savor the fullness of Christ’s love in his triumphant grace that raised us into the life of faith when we were dead in trespasses and sins.

And grant us to see and savor the fullness of the strength and power of Christ in the marvelous work of his providence over the world by which not one bird falls to the ground apart from his will and the cast of every lot in the lap turns out by his design.

And grant us to see and savor as we ought the fullness of the wisdom of our Lord—“How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

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Praise God for men like Piper who He is using to influence America back to the understanding of a sovereign and holy God, rather than the God of consumerism who bows to the whims of humans.