John Stott (1921-2011), senior pastor at All Souls Church in London for 25 years (1950-1975), is perhaps better known as author of best-selling books that helped shape a generation of Christians. Among his over 50 books, Stott's Basic Christianity (1958) and The Cross of Christ (1986) have been the most influential.
One of Stott's biographers, Roger Steer, records the following about the everyday life and routines of this godly pastor. "Each morning (usually at five a.m.) John swung his legs over the side of his bed and before placing a foot on the ground started the day (whenever possible) with a Trinitarian prayer."
Good morning, heavenly Father;
Good morning, Lord Jesus;
Good morning, Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, I worship you as the 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.”
I first read about this prayer of Stott's in a Christianity Today article back in 2001. It wasn't long before this prayer, easy to recall, became a regular, though not daily, part of my times of prayer, especially in early mornings when, before coffee, my own words didn't come so readily to mind. And here, I also commend it to you.