Confession and Petition


Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and

unbelief, of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word, of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life.

My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless

Thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to

subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of

the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do Thou rule over

me in liberty and power.

I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and

do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and

been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering 'no' to my wrongful

prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base

aspiration, everything contrary to Thy rule. I thank Thee for Thy wisdom and Thy love, for

all the acts of discipline to which I am subject, for sometimes putting me into the furnace

to refine my gold and remove my dross.

No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If Thou shouldst give me choice to

live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me

sanctified affliction. Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins,

everything that dims the brightness of Thy grace in me, everything that prevents me

taking delight in Thee. Then I shall bless Thee, God of jeshurun, for helping me to be

upright.

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