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Guide My Ship

Johann Arndt

Today's Devotional

Ah Lord, unto whom all hearts are open, You can govern the vessel of my soul far better than I can. Arise, O Lord, and command the stormy wind and the troubled sea of my heart to be still, and at peace in you, that I may look up to you undisturbed, and abide in union with you, my Lord. Let me not be carried here and there by wandering thoughts; but, forgetting all else, let me see and hear you. Renew my spirit; kindle in me your light, that it may shine within me, and my heart may burn in love and adoration towards you. Let your Holy Spirit dwell in me continually, and make me your temple and sanctuary, and fill me with divine love and light and life, with devout and heavenly thoughts, with comfort and strength, with joy and peace. Amen.

About the author and the source

Johann Arndt (1555–1621) was a Lutheran pastor who encouraged true heart change and heart worship at a time when Lutheranism had become largely formal and theological. Consequently, he is sometimes considered the first of the Pietists. 

Arndt, Johann. “May 13” in Prayers Ancient and Modern, selected and arranged for Daily Reading by Mary W. Tileston. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1914.

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