A Night Prayer from John Calvin

Lord God, now grant me the grace not only to rest my body this night, but to have my spiritual repose, in soul and conscience, in your grace and love, that I may let go of all earthly cares so I might be comforted and eased in all ways . . . And as I lay down to sleep to safely awake again only by your grace, keep me in a joyful, lively remembrance that whatever happens, I will someday know my final rising — the resurrection — because Jesus Christ lay down in death for me, and rose for my justification. In His name I pray, Amen.

— Prayers of John Calvin from the Catechism of the Church in Geneva, adapted by Tim Keller (see John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Tracts Relating to the Reformation, Vol. 2, Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009, pp.98-99.)

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