Evening Prayer: The Mediator

O God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

We hope in thy Word.

There we see thee, not on a fearful throne of judgment, but on a throne of grace waiting to be gracious and exalted in mercy.

There we hear thee saying, not ‘Depart ye cursed’, but ‘Look unto me and be ye saved, for I am God and there is none else.’ They that know thy name put their trust in thee.

How many now glorified in heaven, and what numbers living on earth, are thy witnesses, O God, exemplifying in their recovery from the ruins of the Fall the freeness, riches and efficacy of thy grace!

All that were ever saved were saved by thee, and will through eternity exclaim, ‘Not unto us, but unto thy name give glory for thy mercy and truth’s sake.’

Thou hast chosen to transact all thy concerns with us through a Mediator in whom all fullness dwells and who is exalted to be Prince and Saviour.

To him we look, on him we depend, through him we are justified.

May we derive relief from his sufferings without ceasing to abhor sin, or to long after holiness; feel the double efficacy of his blood, tranquillizing and cleansing our consciences; delight in his service as well as in his sacrifice; be constrained by his love to live not to ourselves but to him; cherish a grateful and cheerful disposition, not murmuring and repining if our wishes are not indulged, or because some trials are blended with our enjoyments,

But, sensible of our desert, and impressed with the number and greatness of thy benefits, may we bless and praise thee at all times.

[From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers]

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