Thursday, August 2, 2012
Penitence, a Puritan Prayer from the “Valley Of Vision” , edited by Arthur Bennet, Banner of Truth
O Lord Of Grace,
I have been hasty and short in private prayer,
to bewail this ingratitude;
My first sin of the day leads into others,
and it is just that thou shouldst withdraw
from one who waited carelessly on thee.
and from depriving my soul of thy due worship;
that I have an eternal duty to love, honour
and obey thee,
that if I fail to glorify thee
I am guilty of infinite evil that merits infinite
for sin is the violation of an infinite obligation.
Melt my heart, heal my backslidings,
and open an intercourse of love.
When the fire of thy compassion warms my
And the outpourings of thy Spirit fill my soul,
and deeply abhor myself;
then thy grace is a powerful incentive
and an irresistible motive to inward holiness.
in thy hands.
Apply to it the merits of Christ’s atoning blood
whenever I sin.
Let thy mercies draw me to thyself.
Wean me from all evil, mortify me to the world,
and make me ready for my departure hence
animated by the humiliations of penitential love.
My soul is often a chariot without wheels,
clogged and hindered in sin’s miry clay;