Thus Pursue Our Warfare

Grant, Almighty God, that as we do not, by due gratitude, respond to your favors, and after having tasted of your mercy, have willingly sought ruin to ourselves - O grant, that we, being renewed by your Spirit, may not only remain constant in the fear of your name, but also advance more and more and be established; that being thus armed with your invincible power, we may strenuously fight against all the wiles and assaults of Satan, and thus pursue our warfare to the end - and that being thus sustained by your mercy, we may ever aspire to that life which is hid for us in heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(a prayer of John Calvin, in his Commentary on Hosea, translated into English in 1846 and updated by me into modern English)

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