Gleanings: A Morning Prayer

Frank Laubach (1884-1970) was one of the best-known missionaries of the 20th century, and reputed to be the father of the modern literacy movement.  Each morning, he prayed this prayer…

“God, what are you doing in the world today that I can help you with?”

This prayer has become a mainstay in my spiritual formation.  It contains two foundational truths.  First, God is already at work when we wake up.  The day does not begin when we begin; it begins with God, who never slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121:4).  I step into a stream that is already flowing. Second, God does not ask for my help in everything, but there is a portion of God’s work that I can help with.  What a blessing to sense what that portion is and then commit ourselves to be faithful in it.  True spirituality occurs within the bounds of timing and territory.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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