Desperate for Grace

by Paul Tautges | August 25, 2011 2:28 am

O LORD,

Thou knowest my great unfitness for service, my present deadness,

my inability to do anything for Thy glory, my distressing coldness of heart.

I am weak, ignorant, unprofitable, and loathe and abhor myself.

I am at a loss to know what thou wouldest have me do, for I feel amazingly deserted by thee,

and sense thy presence so little;

Thou makest me possess the sins of my youth, and the dreadful sin of my nature, so that I feel all sin,

I cannot think or act but every motion is sin.

Return again with showers of converting grace to a poor gospel-abusing sinner.

Help my soul to breathe after holiness, after a constant devotedness to thee,

after growth in grace more abundantly every day.

O Lord, I am lost in the pursuit of this blessedness, and am ready to sink because I fall short of my desire;

Help me to hold out a little longer,

until the happy hour of deliverance comes, for I cannot lift my soul to thee if thou of thy goodness bring me not nigh.

Help me to be diffident, watchful, tender, lest I offend my blessed Friend

in thought and behavior; I confide in thee and lean upon thee, and need thee at all times to assist and lead me.

O that all my distresses and apprehensions might prove

but Christ’s school to make me fit for greater service by teaching me the great lesson of humility.

 

[This prayer, “Need of Grace,” is from The Valley of Vision[1], edited by Arthur Bennett]

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  1. The Valley of Vision: http://www.amazon.com/Valley-Vision-collection-Puritan-Devotions/dp/0851512283/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314192002&sr=1-1
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