The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/04/2000):

Morning Prayer
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a prayer by the 20-year-old George Washington.

Almighty God, and most merciful Father, who didst command the children of
Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify
and praise thee for thy protection both night and day; receive O Lord, my
morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and
hearty thanks that thou hast preserv'd me from the dangers of the night past,
and brought me to the light of this day, and the comforts thereof, a day
which is consecrated to thine own service, and for thine own honor. Let my
heart therefore Gracious God be so affected with the glory and majesty of it,
that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those
weighty duties thou requirest of me; and since thou art a God of pure eyes,
and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who dost not regard
the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon I
beseech, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from
the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when
I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before
thee as incense. And as I desire thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my
prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy Word, that it may
be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of my soul
in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence,
receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in
me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou hast sent it. Bless my family,
kindred, friends, and country; be our God and guide this day and forever, for
his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

- George Washington, age 20 from THE KINGDOM DIGEST.

[NOTE: This is something I came across in a web search. I wish the
information were more complete. Perhaps someone out there knows more about
it. Here is what was included with this prayer: KINGDOM DIGEST: The little
book is a priceless piece of George Washington that gives us a little known
side of the man's character, and perhaps the greatest clue to his great
strength as a leader. The book contained handwritten prayers. Mr. Henkels
writes: "This gem is all in the handwriting of George Washington, when about
twenty years old, and is, without exception, the most hallowed of all his
writings. It is neatly written on twenty-four pages of a little book about
the size of the ordinary pocket memorandum." The first page has the title
"The Daily Sacrifice." The prayers were for Sunday morning, Sunday evening,
Monday morning, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, Wednesday
morning, Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The manuscript ended not
long after the prayers for Thursday morning had begun. Whether there had been
more, or whether it just ended there, has never been determined, to my
knowledge. But what is there is priceless! The prayer for Sunday morning is
included in its entirety. Mr. W. E. Benjamin of New York purchased the
manuscript for $1250.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina