基督的靈-第三篇-在聖靈裏敬拜-第12~14段

作者的禱告

哦,神啊!祢是靈,凡敬拜祢的必須在聖靈和真實裏敬拜。祢的名當受稱頌!祢曾差出祢自己的兒子,為要救贖我們,並為著在聖靈裏的敬拜預備我們;祢又差出祢的聖靈,為要內住在我們裏面,並裝備我們進入這敬拜。而現在,我們藉著子,並藉著聖靈,就得進到父那裏去。

至聖的神啊!我們羞慚地承認,我們至今所有的敬拜是多麼地留在肉體的能力和意願裏。因這緣故,我們使祢得不到尊崇,使祢的聖靈憂傷,並造成我們眾人的魂無限的虧損。哦,神啊!赦免我們,並救我們脫離這罪。我們求祢教導我們,絕不再,絕不再試圖在聖靈和真實之外來敬拜祢。

我們的父啊!祢的聖靈居住在我們裏面。我們懇求祢,照著祢榮耀的豐富,藉著聖靈的大能加強我們,使我們裏面的人真能成為一個屬靈的殿,在此不斷獻上各樣屬靈的祭物。求祢指教我們其中蒙稱頌的奇妙,就是無論何時何處,每當我們進入祢的臨在,將自己和肉體交於死,等候並信託那位在我們裏面的聖靈,祂就能在我們裏面,藉著基督耶穌運行出一個合乎你意的敬拜、信心和愛,並且,哦!但願在普世召會之中,這種在聖靈和真實裏的敬拜能被眾人尋求、達到並呈獻給祢,日復一日。我們在耶穌的名裏祈求。阿們。

O God! Thou art a Spirit, and they that worship Thee must worship Thee in Spirit and in Truth. Blessed be Thy name! Thou didst send forth Thine Own Son to redeem and prepare us for the worship in the Spirit; and Thou didst send forth Thy Spirit to dwell in us and fit us for it. And now we have access to the Father, as through the Son, so in the Spirit.

Most Holy God! we confess with shame how much our worship has been in the power and the will of the flesh. By this we have dishonoured Thee, and grieved Thy Spirit, and brought infinite loss to our own souls. 0 God! forgive and save us from this sin. Teach us, we pray Thee, never, never to attempt to worship Thee but in Spirit and in Truth.

Our Father! Thy Holy Spirit dwells in us. We beseech Thee, according to the riches of Thy glory, to strengthen us with might by Him, that our inner man may indeed be a spiritual temple, where spiritual sacrifices are unceasingly offered. And teach us the blessed art, as often as we enter Thy presence, of yielding self and the flesh to the death, and waiting for and trusting the Spirit who is in us, to work in us a worship, a faith and love, acceptable to Thee through Christ Jesus. And, oh! that throughout the universal Church, a worship in Spirit and in Truth may be sought after, and attained, and rendered to Thee day by day. We ask it in the name of Jesus. Amen.



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