you strengthened your servant Henry Martyn
to go to the peoples of India and the Middle East,
and with devoted love to preach the gospel
and translate the Scriptures;
give us the courage to deny ourselves,
and by your grace to attempt great things for you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
God of opportunity and change,
praise to you for giving us life at this critical time.
As our horizons extend, keep us loyal to our past;
as our dangers increase, help us to prepare the future;
keep us trusting and hopeful,
ready to recognise your kingdom as it comes.