Monday, January 08, 2007

A Prayer for Today

Eternal Father,
Thou art good beyond all thought,
But I am vile, wretched, miserable, blind;
My lips are ready to confess, but my heart is slow to feel,
and my ways reluctant to amend.
I bring my soul to thee;
break it, wound it, bend it, mould it.
Unmask to me sin's deformity
that I may hate it, abhor it, flee from it.
My faculties have been a weapon of revolt against thee;
as a rebel I have misused my strength,
and served the foul adversary of thy kingdom.
Give me grace to bewail my insensate folly,
Grant me to know that the way of transgressors is hard,
that evil paths are wretched paths,
that to depart from thee is to lose all good.
I have seen the purity and beauty of thy perfect law,
the happiness of those in whose heart it reigns,
the calm dignity of the walk to which it calls,
yet I daily violate and condemn its precepts.
Thy loving Spirit strives within me,
brings me Scripture warnings,
speaks in startling providences,
allures by secret whispers
yet I choose devices and desires to my own hurt,
impiously resent, grieve,
and provoke him to abandon me.

All these sins I mourn, lament, and for them cry pardon.
Work in me more profound and abiding repentance;
Give me the fullness of a godly grief that trembles and fears,
yet ever trusts and loves,
which is ever powerful, and ever confident;
Grant that through the tears of repentance I may see more clearly
the brightness and glories of the saving cross.

--"Yet I Sin," The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Arthur Bennett, ed. (Banner of Truth Trust, 2005) p. 70. *My apologies for the terrible spacing. Many of the lines are supposed to be tabbed...if only Blogger would recognize even multiple spaces. I don't know how to do that.


Steve Burlew said...

Amy - Don't worry about the spacing, the prayer-reminder is great regardless. I'm glad you've discovered "The Valley of Vision." It certainly is the one book that we ship from here at Banner of Truth's US warehouse more than any other. Keep reading, and keep praying with the Puritans!
Grace & peace,
Steve B.

Jackie said...

wow it has been forever since I've looked at your site .. I'm sorry! And please don't hate me, but I was totally in Tennessee and I didn't come see you :( sorry!