I have an old Thompson Chain Reference Bible that my dad bought for me in 1982. It has been replaced with a fresh new Bible, and its replacement has also been replaced. I was a brand new, rapidly growing Christian when that Bible was new, and it has all sorts of notes in the margins from places like Urbana and K.C. ’83 and one particularly excellent missions conference where I heard J.I. Packer teach for several days.
This Bible is completely ragged now. The leather cover has chunks missing, and my embossed name on the front has just about worn off, so I don’t use it for daily reading any more. The pages are about to all fall out. But I was looking through it the other day, and it brought back so many rich memories. And while I was meandering around in the notes scrawled all over the blank pages at the back of this Bible, I found a little prayer there. I don’t know where it came from, but I know that it was a prayer I prayed almost daily for many years, and here it is:
Lord, You are the Sovereign and Gracious creator of everything I am and everything I see.
Your Son died to save me when I was your enemy, and I thank you for this gift of salvation which is so entirely undeserved.
Please use me today, because if You use me, I will have been very well used.
It’s pretty simple, but it’s a good reminder to me of who I am and who God is, and how I should get myself organized with the Lord each day, before I get myself tangled up in my own foolishness… as I am prone to do.