Need of Grace

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,
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 different, watchful, tender, lest I offend my blessed Friend
in thought and behaviour;
I confide in thee and lean upon thee,
and need thee at all times to assist and lead me.
O that all my distress and apprehensions
might prove but Christ’s school
to make me fit for greater service
by teaching me the great lesson of humility.

Valley of Vision

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About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

One Response to Need of Grace

  1. Brian says:

    I had a chill go across my entire body when I read this sentence; “Return again with showers of converting grace to a poor gospel-abusing sinner”. I am a gospel-abusing sinner and know my sin is ever before me, I sin against this world but wholly know I sin against God and God alone. Thank God for grace!

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