Remove myself, O Sovereign, as the center,
Into my heart as Lord let Jesus enter;
For him I die — the kingdom my surrender,
His cross for glory, eternal crown of splendor.
Zeal that comes from Christ, pure and single,
No human view or earthly prize to mingle,
Promised to him, sincere and whole devotion,
Owner of every thought and deed and emotion.
Soul and body, the heart of me,
Belong to you, O Lord — an offering,
A sacrifice of praise — Be pleased
To receive it, bought by Jesus’ suffering.
Mind and will and deepest thought,
Are yours, my God — I hold back nothing —
All is given — your will I’ve sought —
For bread and drink in hope I’m trusting.
Head and feet, in stillest hour,
Our Father, and in busiest moment;
Be with me — worries let faith devour,
And I, on earth, your best proponent.
Heavenly Father, let this be a day of peace, when fullness and joy and blessing populate the hours.
Let this be a day of security, when we rest in you and find safety in your shadow.
Let this be a day of sowing, when the seed of the gospel is scattered far and wide and the power of salvation comes to needy souls.
Let this be a day of reaping, with shouts of joy at seeing friends and family and perfect strangers come into your family.
Let this be a day of faithfulness, as we decide in every situation to do your will and please you in all things.
Let this be a day of hope, with sights set on heaven and the prayer of Jesus’ return on our lips.
Let this be the day when love is shown and shared and received, when people are treated as equals, and our time is dedicated to others, and our obedience brings to us your special presence.
O Lord, let today be the day when we live for these things and not for the world and its passions and ephemeral pleasures; let today be yours and a closer step toward our life in heaven with you.
Away with lesser things, O Lord!
Prevail eternal zeal for Christ!
From me remove desire for mammon,
Let love for you and yours remain.