Carry out our plans and accomplish our purposes

It is a prayer which is proper to offer at any time – that God would enable us to carry out our purposes, and that we may be permanently established in His favour.

Better still, we add to the prayer that God establish the work of our hands while we work dutifully and in obedience to Him making sure that we are not lazy or inactive, but rather animated by what He has done for us: our hands should be continually employed in service for His honour and glory; and, whatever we find to do, do it with all the might of grace we have; and in which we need divine direction and strength, that we may be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

“Those who would learn true wisdom, must pray for Divine instruction, must beg to be taught by the Holy Spirit; and for comfort and joy in the returns of God’s favour. They pray for the mercy of God, for they pretend not to plead any merit of their own. His favour would be a full fountain of future joys. It would be a sufficient balance to former griefs. Let the grace of God in us produce the light of good works. And let Divine consolations put gladness into our hearts, and a lustre upon our countenances. The work of our hands, establish thou it; and, in order to that, establish us in it. Instead of wasting our precious, fleeting days in pursuing fancies, which leave the possessors for ever poor, let us seek the forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance in heaven. Let us pray that the work of the Holy Spirit may appear in converting our hearts, and that the beauty of holiness may be seen in our conduct.” – Matthew Henry

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