Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Convicting Spirit

Sunrise, January 24
7:00 AM

Thou blessed spirit, author of all grace and comfort,
    Come, work repentance in my soul;
Represent sin to me in its odious colours that I may hate it;
Melt my heart by the majesty and mercy of God;
Show me my ruined self and the help there is in him;
teach me to behold my Creator,
               his ability to save,
               his arms outstretched,
               his heart big for me.

May I confide in his power and love,
              commit my soul to him without reserve,
              bear his image,
              observe his laws,
              pursue his service,
              and be through time and eternity
                     a monument to the efficacy of his grace,
                     a trophy of his victory.

Make me willing to be saved in his way,
    perceiving nothing in myself, but all in Jesus.

Help me not only to receive him but
             to walk in him,
             depend upon him,
             commune with him,
             be conformed to him,
             follow him,
             imperfect, but still pressing forward,
                  not complaining of labour, but valuing rest,
                  not murmuring under trials, but thankful for my state.

Give me that faith which is the means of salvation,
   and the principle and medium of all godliness.

May I be saved by grace through faith,
           live by faith,
           feel the joy of faith,
           do the work of faith,

Perceiving nothing in myself, may I find in Christ
          wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption. 

- from The Valley of Vision
A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Have a blessed Lord's Day,



MadSnapper said...

this is really beautiful,

Eugenie said...

Thank you for this.

Debbie Jones said...

Absolutely beautiful thought to begin a Sunday with. Thanks.

Chatty Crone said...

Amen and beautiful. May you have a blessed day as well Judy.

Candace said...

Beautiful, Judy.

Dewena said...

Truly beautiful and convicting sunrise thoughts. Lots of good verbs in these lines and then finishing with the noun that is my favorite of the spiritual gifts--faith.


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