I’m an astrophysicist at a major university. Science is my life. But when I hear somebody somberly intone, “science says” or “follow the science,” I get very nervous.
Science doesn’t belong to any ideology. Science is the never-ending search for new knowledge.
That’s what science means in Latin, by the way—knowledge. Not wisdom. Not morality. Not social policy. Knowledge. What we do with that knowledge is where wisdom, morality, and social policy enter the picture.
Knowledge, it turns out, isn’t so easy to come by. And sometimes what we think we know for certain (the earth sure does look flat when we’re standing on it) turns out not to be so certain.
Of course, I trust in basic scientific truths—those things for which there is overwhelming evidence like, say, gravity; even that humans play a role in the warming of the planet.
But scientists—even the best ones—can get things wrong.
The brilliant astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle believed the universe existed in a steady state forever and had no beginning. But his view, once held sacrosanct by all astrophysicists, no longer holds. It’s been superseded by the Big Bang theory that the universe had a beginning and is still expanding.
In the 20th century, some of the most respected scientists in the world, including Nobel Prize winners, believed in eugenics—the reprehensible idea that the human race could be improved by selective breeding. The National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the Rockefeller Foundation supported it. By the middle of the century, it had been thoroughly rejected as quackery. No reputable scientist would have anything to do with this idea.
So, we all need to get over this notion that just because someone—be it a politician, a bureaucrat, or even a scientist—employs the phrase “science says” means whatever they’re saying is right.
It might be right. But it might also be wrong. And if it’s wrong, it won’t necessarily be a bunch of scientists who say it’s wrong. It might be one guy.
Ask Einstein. One hundred scientists wrote a book explaining why his theory of relativity was wrong. He quipped, “If I were wrong, then one would’ve been enough.”
It takes a lot to convince scientists to accept a new theory, especially if that new theory refutes what they have always believed—in some cases, what they’ve staked their entire careers on. As Richard Feynman, one of the most eminent physicists of the 20th century, famously said, “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts…” What Feynman is saying is that a good scientist should always maintain a healthy amount of skepticism. Science is, by its nature, provisional. Science would stagnate if we merely accepted proclamations of past authorities.
So how do we do good science? This is not a new question. Since the 17th century, scientists have employed the so-called scientific method to guide their work. It’s not a perfect guide by any means, but it’s pretty darn good.
The method involves: 1. Formulating a theory. 2. Predicting the evidence that should be found if the theory is true. 3. Collecting data. 4. Analyzing the data. 5. Refining the theory and presenting evidence to other experts.
The philosopher Karl Popper added one more item to this list. Popper said that a subject is scientific if, and only if, it can be falsified. In other words, if your theory can’t be tested—if it can’t be proven wrong, it’s probably not good science.
This is just one reason why we have to be very careful about putting too much faith in “models.” They often can’t be tested. Models are predictions of the future based on current data. They can easily get things wrong.
First of all, the future (in case you hadn’t noticed) is very hard to predict. And the further out you go into the future, the less secure the prediction.
Second, the data may be incomplete or even erroneous. It’s human nature to want definitive answers. But science can’t always offer those. Furthermore, science is not concerned with fashion, authority, or majority opinion. “Case closed” is not a scientific expression.
Science is never closed. If it was closed after Newton, you’d never have Einstein. Science has to be, first and always, about pursuing knowledge—not about advancing a social agenda, no matter how noble it might be. Science has no political party.
Of course, politicians should use the best available science to help them make informed decisions. But remember, scientific knowledge is not the same as wisdom. As the saying goes: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
So let’s continue to look to science for knowledge—knowledge we can use to improve the world. But let’s not fool ourselves that science has all the answers to all our problems.
That’s one bit of wisdom this scientist can give you.
I’m Brian Keating, professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and author of Losing the Nobel Prize, for Prager University.
Hold material goods and wealth on a flat palm and not in a clenched fist.- Alistair Begg 102 Wealth
Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God’s help is not partial but total.- Alistair Begg 100 Prayer
To risk reputation and affection for the truth’s sake is so demanding that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral principle that only the Spirit of God can work in you. Do not turn your back like a coward, but play the man. Follow boldly in your Master’s steps, for He has made this rough journey before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest than false peace and everlasting torment.- Alistair Begg
If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. No part of the world is outside of His lordship. That means that no part of my life must be outside of His lordship.
Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.
Nothing could be more irrational than the idea that something comes from nothing.
The great puritan Matthew Henry wrote an outstanding book on biblical prayer called A Method for Praying. In a world where an adverbial phrase – I just want to…like – is the repeated chorus in prayer, Henry’s book is an antidote to such a shallow chorus. In Ligon Duncan’s terms (from the intro), a scriptural pattern of prayer “…will move us from our inherent man-centeredness in prayer to a Biblical, God-centered way of praying” (p. 9).
To be clear, this book is not really Henry’s devotional thoughts on prayer or “tips” on praying powerfully. Rather, it is a big outline of the prayer-patterns of scripture with all kinds of verses that display such prayer patterns. For example, the first part of prayer is adoration. In this section, Henry simply puts many verses together in which the scriptures adore God (i.e. for his perfections, wisdom, sovereignty, etc). The next few sections include confession of sins, repentance, petition, supplication, thanksgiving, and conclusions to prayer. In other words, Henry basically lists many verses from scripture on the certain prayer topics, and puts them together for ease of praying.
Let me give another example. Under the “Petition” section, Henry lists prayers for more hope in the Christian life. Here’s how it reads:
“Let patience work experience in us, and experience hope, such a hope as maketh not ashamed. Through patience and comfort of the scriptures, let us have hope, and be saved by hope. Let the God of Jacob be our help, and our hope always be in the Lord our God. Let us be begotten again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and let that hope be to us as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, entering into that within the veil, whither the forerunner is for us entered” (p. 66).
After nearly each phrase, Henry lists the scripture reference. This is a great way to improve our prayer language. It is easy to grasp for straws when we pray, filling the silence (which is sometimes good!) with useless adverbs and adjectives. Learning to pray this way is learning to pray biblically.
The book also has a few sermons Henry gave on prayer, along with some appendices. The appendices contain the entire book in outline form both short and long (great for outlining prayers with some specifics). There is also a brief outline following Samuel Miller’s discussion of public prayer. This book is a treasury of scripture and a much needed tool for prayer; it will convict you that robust, God centered prayers are those bathed with scripture.
Matthew Henry: A Paraphrase on the Lord’s Prayer, in Scripture Expressions
The Lord’s Prayer being intended not only for a form of prayer itself, but a rule of direction, a plan or model in miniature, by which we may frame our prayers; and the expressions being remarkably concise, and yet vastly comprehensive, it will be of good use sometimes to lay it before us, and observing the method and order of it, to dilate upon the several passages and petitions of it, that when we use it only as a form, we may use it the more intelligently; of which we shall only here give specimen in the assistance we may have from some other scriptures.
Our Father which art in Heaven.
O lord our God, doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not; O Lord, thou art our Father, our Redeemer, thy name is from everlasting, Isa 63:16; and we will from this time cry unto thee, our Father, thou art the guide of our youth, Jer 3:4.
Have we not all one Father, has not one God created us, Mal 2:10? Thou art the Father of our spirits, to whom we ought to be in subjection and live, Hbr 12:9.
Thou art the Father of lights, Jam 1:17, and the Father of mercies, 2Cr 1:3, and the God of all consolation: the eternal Father, Isa 9:6, of whom, and through whom, and to whom, are all things, Rom 11:36.
Thou art the father of our Lord Jesus Chirst, Eph 1:3, whose Glory was that of the only begotten of the Father, who is in his bosom, by him as one brought up with him, daily his delight, and rejoicing always before him, Pro 8:30.
Thou art in Christ our Father, and the Father of all believers, whom thou hast predestinated to the adoption of children, Eph 1:5, and into whose hearts thou hast sent the Spirit of the Son, teaching them to cry, Abba Father, Gal 4:6. Behold what manner of love the Father, hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God, 1Jo 3:1. That the Lord God Almighty should be to us a Father, and we should be to him for sons and daughters, 2Cr 6:18; and that as many as receive Christ, to them thou shouldst give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which are born, not of the will of man, but of God, Jhn 1:12-13, and his grace.
O that we may receive the adoption of sons, Gal 4:5, and that as obedient and genuine children we may fashion ourselves according to the example of him who hath called us, who is holy, 1Pe 1:14-15; and may be followers of God as dear children, Eph 5:1, and conformed to the image of his Son, who is the first-born among many brethren, Rom 8:29.
Enable us to come to thee with humble boldness and confidence, Eph 3:12, as to a Father, a tender Father, who spares us as a man spares his son that serves him, Mal 3:17; and as having an advocate with the Father, 1Jo 2:1, who yet has told us, that the Father himself loves us, Jhn 16:27.
Thou art a Father, but where is thine honour, Mal 1:6? Lord, give us grace to serve thee as becomes children, with reverence and godly fear, Hbr 12:28.
Thou art a Father; and if earthly parents, being evil, yet know how to give good gifts unto their children, how much more shall our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him, Luk 11:13? Lord, give us the spirit of grace and supplication, Zec 12:10.
We come to thee as prodigal children, who have gone from our Father’s house into a far country; but we will arise and go to our Father, for in his house there is bread enough, and to spare, and if we continue at a distance from him, we perish with hunger. Father, we have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and are no more worthy to be called thy children, make us even as thy hired servants, Luk 15:13, 17-19.
Thou art our Father in Heaven, and therefore unto thee, O Lord, do we lift up our souls. Unto thee we lift up our eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. As the eyes of a servant are to the hand of his master, and the eyes of a maiden to the hand of her mistress, so do our eyes wait upon thee, O Lord our God, Psa 86:4; 123:1-2; a God whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, 1Ki 8:27, and yet to whom we may have access, having a High-priest that is passed into the heavens, as our fore-runner, Hbr 4:14.
Thou, O God, dwellest in the high and holy place, Isa 57:15, and holy and reverend in thy name, Psa 111:9. God is in the heaven, and we upon the earth, Ecc 5:2, therefore should we chuse out words to reason with him, Job 9:14; and yet through a mediator we have boldness to enter into the holiest, Hbr 10:19.
Look down, we pray thee, from heaven, and behold form the habitation of thy holiness, and of thy glory, Isa 63:15, and have compassion upon us, and help us, Mar 9:22.
Heaven is the firmament of thy power: O hear us from thy holy heaven, with the saving strength of thy right hand; send us help from the sanctuary, and strengthen us out of Zion, Psa 20:2, 6.
And, O that since heaven is our Fathers house, Jhn 14:2, we may have our conversation there, Phl 3:20, and may seek the things that are above, Col 3:1.
Hallowed be thy Name.
And now, what is our petition, and what is our request, Est 5:6? What would we that thou shouldest do for us, Mat 20:32? This is our hearts’ desire and prayer, Rom 10:1 in the first place, Father in Heaven, let thy name be sanctified, Lev 10:3. We pray that thou mayest be glorified as a Holy God.
We desire to exalt the Lord our God, to worship at his footstool, at his holy hill, and to praise his great and terrible name, for it is holy, for the Lord our God is holy, Psa 99:3,5,9. Thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel, Psa 22:3.
We glory in thy holy name, and therefore shall our hearts rejoice, Psa 105:3, because we have trusted in that holy name of thine, Psa 33:21, to which we will always give thanks, and triumph in thy praise, Psa 106:47.
Lord, enable us to glorify thy holy name for evermore, by praising thee with all our hearts, Psa 86:12, and by bringing forth much fruit, for herein is our heavenly Father glorified, Jhn 15:8. O that we may be to our God for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory, Jer 13:11, that being called out of darkness into his marvellous light, to be to him a peculiar people, we may shew forth the praises of him that hath called us, 1Pe 2:9.
O that we may be thy children, the work of thy hands, that we may sanctify thy name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel, Isa 29:23, and may be to the praise of his glory, Eph 1:12.
Enable us, as we have recieved the gift, so to minister the same as good stewards of the manifold grace of God, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ: and if we suffer, enable us to suffer as christians, and to glorify God therein, 1Pe 4:10-11,16; for this is our earnest expectation and hope, that always Jesus Christ may be magnified in our bodies in life and death, Phl 1:20.
Lord, enable others to glorify thee, let even the strong people glorify thee, and the city of the terrile nations fear thee, Isa 25:3; but especially let the Lord be magnified from the border of Israel, Mal 1:5. Let them glorify the Lord in the fires, even the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea, Isa 24:15. O let all nations whom thou hast made, come and worship before thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name; for thou art great, and dost wondrous things, thou art God alone, Psa 86:9-10.
O let the gentiles glorify God for his mercy, let his name be known and confessed among the gentiles, and let them rejoice with his people, Rom 15:9-10. O let thy name be great among the gentiles, Mal 1:11, and let all the ends of the world remember and turen to the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations worship before thee; and let the declare thy righteousness to a people that shall be born, Psa 22:27,31.
Lord, do thou thyself dispose of all things to thy own glory, both as king of nations, Jer 10:7, and as King of saints, Rev 15:3: do all according to the counsel of thy own will, Eph 1:11, That thou mayest magnify Thyself, and sanctify Thyself, and mayest be known in the eyes of many nations, that thou art the Lord, Eze 38:23. O sanctify thy great name, which has been profaned among the heathen, and let them know that thou art the Lord, when thou shalt be sanctified in them, Eze 36:23.
Father, glorify thine own name: thou bast glorified it, glorify it again, Jhn 12:27-28. Father, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify Thee, Jhn 17:1. O give him a name above every name, Phl 2:9, and in all places, and in all things let him have the pre-eminence, Col 1:18.
Lord, what wilt thou do for thy great name, Jos 7:9? Do this for thy great name; Pour out of thy Spirit upon all flesh, Joe 2:28; and let the word of Christ dwell richly in the hearts of all, Col 3:16. Be thou exalted, O Lord, among the heathen, be thou exalted in The earth, Psa 46:10; be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, let thy glory be above all the earth, Psa 57:11; be thou exalted, O Lord, in thine own strength, so will we sing and praise thy power, Psa 21:13. Do great things with thy glorious and everlasting arm, to make unto thyself a glorious and an everlasting name, Isa 63:12,14.
O let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel, 1Ch 17:24.
Thy Kingdom come.
In order to the sanctifying and glorifying of thy holy name, Father in heaven, let thy kingdom come, for thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all: both riches and honour come of thee; thou reignest over all, and in thine hand is power and might in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all, 1Ch 29:11-12. And we desire to speak of the glorious majesty of thy kingdom, for it is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations, Psa 145:12-13. Thou rulest by thy power for ever, thine eyes behold the nations. O let not the rebellious exalt themselves, Psa 66:7, but through the greatness of thy power let thine enemies submit themselves unto thee, Psa 66:3.
O make it to appear that the kingdom is thine, and that thou art The governor among the nations, so evident, that they may say among the heathen, The Lord reigneth, Psa 96:10; that all men may fear, and may declare the works of God, Psa 64:9, and may say, Verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth, Psa 58:11. Make all the kings of the earth to know that the heavens do rule, even that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and to praise and extol, and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment, and those that walk in pride be is able to abase, Dan 4:25-26, 37.
O let the kingdom of thy grace come more and more in the world, that kingdom of God which cometh not with observation, that kingdom of God which is within men, Luk 17:20-21. Let it be like leaven in the world, diffusing its relish till the whole be leavened, and like a grain of mustard seed, which, though it be the least of all seeds, yet when it is grown, is the greatest among herbs, Mat 13:31-33.
Let the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of the Lord, and of his Christ. Take unto thyself thy great power, and reign, though the nations be angry, Rev 11:15,17. Set up thy throne there where Satan’s seat is, Rev 2:13, let every thought be brought into obedience to thee, 2Cr 10:5, and let the law of thy kingdom be magnified and made honourable, Isa 42:21.
Let that kingdom of God, which is not in word, but in power, 1Cr 4:20, be setup in all the churches of Christ. Send forth the rod of thy strength out of thy Zion, and rule by the beauty of holiness, Psa 110:2-3.
Where the strong man armed hath long kept his palace, and his goods are in peace, let Christ who is stronger than he come upon him, and overcome him, and take from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divide the spoil, Luk 11:21-22.
O give to the son of man dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages may serve him, and the judgment may be given to the saints of the Most High, Dan 7:14,22.
Let the kingdom of thy grace come more and more in our land, and the places where we live. There let the word of the Lord have free course, and be glorified, 2Th 3:1, and let not the kingdom of God be taken from us as we have deserved it should, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof, Mat 21:43.
Let the kingdom of thy grace come into our hearts, that they may be the temples of the Holy Ghost, 1Cr 3:16. Let no iniquity have dominion over us, Psa 119:133. Overturn, overturn, overturn the power of corruption there, and let him come whose right our hearts are, and give them him, Eze 21:27; make us willing, more and more willing, in the day of thy power, Psa 110:3. Rule in us by the power of truth, that being of the truth, we may always hear Christ’s voice, Jhn 18:37, and may not only call him Lord, Lord, but do the things that he saith, Luk 6:46. And let the love of Christ command us, and constrain us, 2Cr 5:14, and his fear be before our eyes, that we sin not, Exd 20:20.
O let the kingdom of thy glory be hastened; we believe it will come, we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus, to come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, Mat 24:30; we hope that he shall appear to our joy, Isa 66:5; we love his appearing, 2Ti 4:8; we are looking for, and hasting to the coming of the day of God, 2Pe 3:12; make us ready for it, Mat 24:44, that we may then lift up our heads with joy, knowing that our redemption draws nigh, Luk 21:28. And, O that we may have such first-fruits of the Spirit, that we ourselves may groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, even the redemption of our body, Rom 8:23; and may have a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is best of all, Phl 1:23.
Blessed Jesus, be with thy ministers and people as thou hast said always even unto the end of the world, Mat 28:20. and then, as thou hast said, Surely, I come quickly; Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly, Rev 22:20: when the mystery of God shall be finished, Rev 10:7, make hast our beloved, and be thou like to a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of spices, Sgs 8:14.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And as an evidence that thy kingdom comes, and in order to the sanctifying of thy name, Father in heaven, let thy holy will be done. We know, O Lord that whatsoever thou pleasest, that thou doest in heaven, and in earth, in the sea, and in the deep places, Psa 135:6; thy counsel shall stand, and thou wilt do all thy pleasure, Isa 46:10: Even so be it, Holy Father, not our will, but thine be done, Luk 22:42. As thou hast thought, so it come to pass; and as thou hast purposed, let it stand, Isa 14:24. Do all according to the counsel of thine own will, Eph 1:12. make even those to serve thy purposes who have not known thee, Isa 45:4, and who mean not so, neither doth their heart think so, Isa 10:7.
Father, let thy will be done concerning us and ours: Behold here we are; It is the Lord, let him do to us as seemth good unto him, 2Sa 15:26; The will of the Lord be done, Act 21:14. O give us to submit to thy will in conformity to the example of the Lord Jesus, who said, Not as I will, but as thou wilt, Mat 26:39; and to say, The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord, Job 1:21. Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil also, Job 2:10?
Father, let the Scriptures be fulfilled, Mat 26:56; the scriptures of the prophets, which cannot be broken, Jhn 10:35. though heaven and earth pass away, let not one iota or tittle of thy word pass away, Mat 24:35. Do what is written in the Scriptures of Truth, and let it appear that for ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven, Psa 119:89.
Lord, give grace to each of us to know and do the will of our Father which is in heaven, Mat 12:50. This is the will of God, even our sanctification, 1Th 4:3. Now the God of peace sanctify us wholly, 1Th 5:23. O let us be filled with the knowledge of thy will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, Col 1:9, and make us perfect in every good work to do thy will, Hbr 13:21. O let the time past of our life suffice us to have wrought the will of the flesh, 1Pe 4:3, and to have walked according to the course of this world, Eph 2:2: and henceforth grant that it may always be our meat and drink to do the will of our Father, Jhn 4:34, and to finish his work, Jhn 6:38; not to do our own will, but his that sent us, that we may be of those that shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, Mat 7:21, and not those that shall be beaten with many stripes.
Lord give grace to others also, to know and do thy will; to prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God, Rom 12:2; not to be unwise, but understanding that the will of the Lord is, Eph 5:17; and then give them to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, Col 4:12. And let us all serve our generations according to that will, Act 13:36. And when we have done the will of God, let us inherit the promises, Hbr 10:36; and let that part of the will of God be done; Lord, let the word which thou hast spoken concerning thy servants be established for ever, and do as thou hast said, 1Ch 17:23.
We rejoice that thy will is done in Heaven; that the holy angels do thy commandments, and always hearken to the voice of thy word, Psa 103:20, that they always behold the face of our Father, Mat 18:10: and we lament that thy will is so little done on earth, so many of the children of men being led captive by Satan at his will, 2Ti 2:26. O that this earth may be made more like heaven! And saints more like the holy angels! And that we who hope to be shortly as the angels of God in heaven, Mat 22:30, may now, like them, not rest from praising him, Rev 4:8; may now, like them, resist and withstand Satan; may be as a flame of fire, Psa 104:4, and fly swiftly, Dan 9:21, and may go strait forward whithersoever to Spirit goes, Eze 1:9,12; may minister for the good of others, and thus may come into communion with the innumerable company of angels, Hbr 12:22.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Thou, O God, who hast appointed us to seek first the kingdom of God, and the righteousness thereof, hast promised that if we do so, other things shall be added unto us, Mat 6:33: and therefore, having prayed for the sanctifying of thy name, the coming of thy kingdom, and the doing of thy will, we next pray, Father in Heaven, give us this day, give us day by day our daily bread, Luk 11:3.
Remove far from us vanity and lies: give us neither poverty not riches; feed us with food convenient for us, Pro 30:8-9, lest we be full and dent thee, and say, Who is the Lord? Or, lest we be poor and steal, and take the name of our God in vain.
Lord, we ask not for dainties, for they are deceitful meat, Pro 23:3; nor do we pray that we may fare sumptuously every day, for we would not in our life time receive our good things, Luk 16:19,25; but we pray for that bread which is necessary to strengthen man’s heart, Psa 104:15. We desire not to eat the bread of deceit, Pro 20:17, nor to drink any stolen waters, Pro 9:17, nor would we eat the bread of idleness, Pro 31:27, but that if it be thy will we may eat the labour of our hands, Psa 128:2, that with quietness we may work, and eat our own bread, 2Th 3:12; and having food and raiment, give us to be therewith content, 1Ti 6:8, and to say, We have all, and abound, Phl 4:18.
Bless, Lord, our substance, and accept the work of our hands, Deu 33:11; and give us wherewithal to provide for our own, even for those of our own house, 1Ti 5:8, and to leave an inheritance, as far as is just to our children’s children, Pro 13:22. Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands establish thou it, Psa 90:17. Bless, Lord, our land with the precious things of the earth, and the fulness thereof; but above all let us have the good-will of him that dwelt in the bush, even the blessing that was upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the head of him that was separated from his brethren, Deu 33:13, 16.
But if the fig-tree should not blossom, and there should be no fruit in the vine; if the labour of the olive should fail, and the field should yield no meat, if the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there should be no herd in the stall, yet let us have grace to rejoice in the Lord, and to joy in the God of our salvation, Hab 3:17-18.
Father, we ask not for bread for a great while to come, but that we may have this day our daily bread; for we would learn, and the Lord teach us, not to take thought for the morrow, what we shall eat, or what we shall drink, or wherewithal we shall be cloathed, but we cast the care upon thee, our heavenly Father, who knowest that we have need of all these things; who feedest the fowls of the air, though they sow not, neither do they reap, and wilt much more feed us, who are of more value than many sparrows, Mat 6:31-32.
Nor do we pray for daily bread for ourselves only, but for others also. O satisfy thy poor with bread, Psa 132:15. Let all that walk righteously and speak uprightly dwell on high: let the place of their defense be the munition of rocks, let bread be given to them, and let their waters be sure, Isa 33:15-16.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And, Lord, as duly as we pray every day for our daily bread, we pray for the forgiveness of our sins; for we are all guilty before God, have all sinned, and have come short of the glory of God, Rom 3:19,23. In many things we all offend every day, Jam 3:2. Who can tell how often he offends? If thou shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee that thou mayest be feared, Psa 130:3-4. God be merciful to us sinners.
We have wasted our Lords goods, Luk 16:19,25, we have buried the talents we were entrusted with, Mat 25:18, nor have we rendered again according to the benefit done unto us, 2Ch 32:25, and thus we come to be in debt. The Scripture has concluded us all under sin, Gal 3:22; we have done such things as are worthy of death, Rom 1:32, things for which the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience, Eph 5:6. Our debt is more than ten thousand talents, it is a great debt, and -we have nothing to pay, so far are we from being able to say, Have patience with us, and we will pay thee all, Mat 18:24-26,32. Justly therefore might our adversary deliver us to the judge, and the judge to the officer, to be cast into prison, the prison of hell, till we pay the last farthing, Mat 5:25-26.
But blessed be God, there is a way found out of agreeing with our adversary; for if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, even Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins, 1Jo 2:1-2. For his salve, we pray thee, blot out all our transgressions, Psa 51:1, and enter not into judgment with us, Psa 143:2. He is our surety, Hbr 7:22 who restored that which he took not away, Psa 69:4, that blessed Days-man, which hath laid his hand upon us both, Job 9:33, through him let us be reconciled unto God, 2Cr 5:20, and let the hand-writing which was against us, which was contrary to us, be blotted out, and taken out of the way, being nailed to the cross of Christ, Col 2:13-14, that we may be quickened together with Christ, having all our trespasses forgiven us. Be thou merciful to our unrighteousnesses, and our sins and our iniquities do thou remember no more, Hbr 8:12.
And give us, we pray thee to receive the atonement, Rom 5:11, to know that our sins are forgiven us, 1Jo 2:12. Speak peace to us, Psa 85:8, and make us to hear joy and gladness, Psa 51:8. Let the blood of Christ thy Son cleanse us from all sin, 1Jo 1:7 and purge our consciences from dead works, to serve the living God, Hbr 9:14.
And as an evidence that thou hast forgiven our sins, we pray thee give us grace to forgive our enemies, to love them that hate us, and bless them that curse us; for we acknowledge, that if we forgive not men their trespasses, neither will our Father forgive our trespasses; Mat 5:44; 6:15 and, therefore, we forgive, Lord, we desire heartily to forgive, if we have a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave us, Col 3:13. Far be it from us to say, that we will recompense evil, Pro 20:22, or that we should avenge ourselves, Rom 12:19, but we pray that all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking may be put away from us, with all malice; and that we may be kind one to another, and tender-hearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake we hope hath forgiven us, Eph 4:31-32. O make us merciful as our Father which is in heaven is merciful, who hath promised that with the merciful, he will shew himself merciful, Psa 18:25.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
And, Lord, forasmuch as there is in us a bent to backslide from thee, Hsa 11:7, so that when our sing are forgiven we are ready to return again to folly, Psa 85:8, we pray that thou wilt not only forgive us our debts, but take care of us, that we may not offend any more, Job 34:3. Lord, lead us not into temptation. We know that no man can say when he is tempted, that he is tempted of God for God tempteth not any man, Jam 1:13; but we know that God is able to make all grace abound towards us, 2Cr 9:8, and to keep us from falling, and present us faultless, Jud 1:24. We, therefore, pray that thou wilt never give us up to our own heart’s lusts, to walk in our own counsels, Psa 81:12, but restrain Satan, that roaring Lion, that goes about seeking whom he may devour, 1Pe 5:8; and grant that we may not be ignorant of his devices, 2Cr 2:11. O let not Satan have us, to sift us as wheat; or however let not our faith fail, Luk 22:31-32. Let not the messengers of Satan be permitted to buffet us; but if they be, let thy grace be sufficient for us, that where we are weak, there we may be strong, 2Cr 12:7-10, and may be more than conquerors through him that loved us, Rom 8:37. And the God of peace tread Satan under our feet, and do it shortly, Rom 16:20. And since we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world, let us be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, Eph 6:10,12.
Lord grant that we may never enter into temptation, Mat 26:41, but having prayed, may set a watch, Neh 4:9; let thy wise and good Providence so order all affairs, and all events that are concerning us, that no temptation may take us, but such as is common to men, and that we may never be tempted above what we are able 1Cr 10:31 to discern, resist, and overcome through the grace of God. Lord, do not lay any stumbling-blocks before us, Jer 6:21, that we should fall upon them and perish. Let nothing be an occasion of falling to us, Rom 14:13, but give us that great peace which they have that love thy law, whom nothing shall offend, Psa 119:165.
And, lead us, we pray thee, into all truth; lead us in thy truth, Jhn 16:13, and teach us, for thou art the God of our salvation. Shew us thy ways, O God, and teach us thy paths, the paths of righteousness; O lead us in those paths for thy name’s sake, that so we may be led beside the still waters. Psa 25:4-5; 23:2-3.
And deliver us we pray thee, from the Evil One; keep us that the Wicked One touch us not, 1Jo 5:18, that he sow not his tares Mat 13:25 in the field of our hearts, that we be not ensnared by his wiles, or wounded by his fiery darts, Eph 6:11,16; let the word of God abide in us, that we may be strong, and may overcome the Wicked One, 1Jo 2:14.
Deliver us from every evil thing, we pray, that we may do no evil, 2Cr 13:7: O deliver us from every evil work, 2Ti 4:18, save us from our sins, Mat 1:21, redeem us from all iniquity, Tts 2:14, especially the sin that doth most easily beset us, Hbr 12:1. Hide pride from us, Job 33:17; remove from us the way of lying; let us not eat of sinners’ dainties; incline our hearts to thy testimonies, and not to covetousness; and keep us that we never speak unadvisedly with our lips: but especially keep back thy servants from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over us. Psa 119:29; 141:4; 119:36; 106:33; 19:13; 91:10.
Preserve us, we pray thee, that no evil thing may befal us; let thy hand be with us, and keep us from evil, that it may not hurt us, 2Ch 4:10. O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee, from those that rise up against them! Shew us thy marvellous loving-kindness, and keep us as the apple of thine eye, hide us under the shadow of thy wings, Psa 17:7-8. Keep that which we commit unto thee, 2Ti 1:12. Thou bast delivered, dost deliver, and we trust, and pray that thou wilt yet deliver, 2Cr 1:10, wilt deliver us from all our fears, Psa 34:4. O make us to dwell safely, and grant that we may be quiet from the fear of evil, Pro 1:33. And bring us safe at last to that holy mountain, where there is no pricking briar, or grieving thorn, Eze 28:24, nothing to hurt or destroy, Isa 11:9.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Father in heaven, let thy kingdom come, for thine is the kingdom, thou art God in heaven, and rulest over all the kingdoms of the heathen, 2Ch 20:6; let thy will be done, for thine is the power, and there is nothing too hard for thee, Jer 32:17: let thy name be sanctified, for thine is the glory, and thou hast set thy glory above the heavens, Psa 8:1.
Father in heaven, supply our wants, pardon our sins, and preserve us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, and thou art Lord over all, who are rich to all that call upon thee, Rom 10:12. None can forgive sins but thou only, Mar 2:7; let thy power be great Num 14:17 in pardoning our sins: and since it is the glory of God to pardon sin, Pro 25:2, and to help the helpless, help us, O God of our salvation; for the glory of thy name deliver us, and purge away our sins for thy name sake, Psa 79:9.
We desire in all our prayers to praise thee, for thou art great, and greatly to be praised, Psa 145:3. We praise thy kingdom, for it is an everlasting kingdom, and endures throughout all generations, Psa 145:13; 45:6-7, and the sceptre of thy kingdom, is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness, Psa 62:12. To thee belongeth mercy, and thou renderest to every man according to his works. We praise thy power, for thou hast a mighty arm, strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand, and yet judgment and justice are the habitation of thy throne, mercy and truth shall go before thy face, Psa 89:13-14. We praise thy glory, for the glory of the Lord shall endure for ever, Psa 104:31. Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the Beginning, is now, and ever shall be. O let God be praised in his sanctuary, and praised in the firmament of his power; let him be praised for his mighty acts, and praised according to his excellent greatness. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah, Psa 150:1-2,6.
And forasmuch as we know that he heareth us, and whatsoever we ask, according to his will, in faith, we have the petitions that we desired of him, 1Jo 5:15, we will triumph in his praise, Psa 106:47. Now know we that the Lord hearth his Anointed, and for his sake will hear us from his holy Heaven with the saving strength of his right hand, Psa 20:6; and therefore, in token not only of our desire, but of our assurance to be heard in Christs name, we say, Amen, Amen.
You are a ukulele beyond my microphone You are a Yukon beyond my Micronesia You are a union beyond my meiosis You are a unicycle beyond my migration You are a universe beyond my mitochondria You are a Eucharist beyond my Miles Davis You are a euphony beyond my myocardiogram You are a unicorn beyond my Minotaur You are a eureka beyond my maitai You are a Yuletide beyond my minesweeper You are a euphemism beyond my myna bird