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In Memory of John R. W. Stott

August 24, 2011 - John R. W. StottJohn R. W. Stott, Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London died in his retirement home at St. Barnabas College on Wednesday July 27th. For many years he worked closely with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Press and served as the Urbana Missions conference expositor from 1964 to 1979. Ten years ago, in celebration of his eightieth birthday, Christianity Today featured an article on his life and ministry. The following prayer was written and prayed by John Stott each morning throughout his long and productive life for the Lord Jesus. May this Trinitarian prayer be a blessing to you as well.

Morning Prayer

Good morning, heavenly Father; good morning, Lord Jesus; good morning Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, I worship you as Creator and sustainer of the universe. Lord Jesus, I worship you, Savior and Lord of the world. Holy Spirit, I worship you, Sanctifier of the people of God. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon me. Amen.

-John Stott, rector emeritus in 1975, All Souls, Langham Place in London's West End

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"Only the devil has an answer for our moral difficulties, and he says: 'Keep on posing problems, and you will escape the necessity of obedience.' But Jesus is not interested in the young man's problems; he is interested in the young man himself."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer; The Cost of Discipleship