O God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
and of all who have gone before us on this earth,
we give thanks for Your faithfulness
from generation to generation,
and we ask Your forgiveness
that we live as if we were Your only concern
and our time were the only time there is.
Grant that as we seek to serve You,
we may understand our times,
we may see our time in the light of all times and of eternity,
and we may understand Your purposes in our generation.
May no challenge or crisis daunt us,
no enemy or attack unnerve us,
and no failure or setback cause us
to take our hands off the plough
or let the sword slip from our hand.
Grant then that we may rise to the challenges of our times
as the great heroes of the faith did to theirs,
so that together with them
we may be the servant agents of Your kingdom
and worthy of Your high calling.
In the name of Jesus, Amen
– Os Guinness, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times