O God, may Thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to thee. I have no merit, let
the merit of Jesus stand for me. I am undeserving, but I look to Thy tender mercy. I am
full of infirmities, wants, sin; Thou art full of grace.
I confess my sin, my frequent sin, my wilful sin; all my powers of body and soul
are defiled: a fountain of pollution is deep within my nature. There are chambers of foul
images within my being; I have gone from one odious room to another, walked in a noman's-
land of dangerous imaginations, pried into the secrets of my fallen nature.
I am utterly ashamed that I am what I am in myself; I have no green shoot in me
nor fruit, but thorns and thistles; I am a fading leaf that the wind drives away; I live bare
and barren as a winter tree, unprofitable, fit to be hewn down and burnt. Lord, dost Thou
have mercy on me?
Thou hast struck a heavy blow at my pride, at the false god of self, and I lie in
pieces before Thee. But Thou hast given me another master and lord, Thy Son, Jesus, and
now my heart is turned towards holiness, my life speeds as an arrow from a bow towards
complete obedience to Thee. Help me in all my doings to put down sin and to humble
pride. Save me from the love of the world and the pride of life, from everything that is
natural to fallen man, and let Christ's nature be seen in me day by day. Grant me grace
to bear Thy will without repining, and delight to be not only chiselled, squared, or
fashioned, but separated from the old rock where I have been embedded so long, and
lifted from the quarry to the upper air, where I may be built in Christ for ever.
Longings after God
My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but
Thyself, nothing but holiness, nothing but union with Thy will. Thou hast given me these
desires, and thou alone canst give me the thing desired. My soul longs for communion
with Thee, for mortification of indwelling corruption, especially spiritual pride. How
precious it is to have a tender sense and clear apprehension of the mystery of godliness,
of true holiness! What a blessedness to be like Thee as much as it is possible for a
creature to be like its creator! Lord, give me more of Thy likeness; enlarge my soul to
contain fullness of holiness; engage me to live more for Thee. Help me to be less pleased
with my spiritual experiences, and when I feel at ease after sweet communings, teach me
it is far too little I know and do. Blessed Lord, let me climb up near to Thee, and love,
and long, and plead, and wrestle with Thee, and pant for deliverance from the body of
sin, for my heart is wandering and lifeless, and my soul mourns to think it should ever
lose sight of its beloved. Wrap my life in divine love, and keep me ever desiring Thee,
always humble and resigned to Thy will, more fixed on Thyself, that I may be more fitted
for doing and-suffering.
Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home, may my life be steeped
in prayer, filled with the spirit of grace and supplication, each prayer perfumed with the
incense of atoning blood. Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to the
realm of unceasing praise. Urged by my need, invited by Thy promises, called by Thy
Spirit, I enter Thy presence, worshipping Thee with godly fear, awed by Thy majesty,
greatness, glory, but encouraged by Thy love.
I am all poverty as well as all guilt, having nothing of my own with which to repay
Thee, but I bring Jesus to Thee in the arms of faith, pleading His righteousness to offset
my iniquities, rejoicing that He will weigh down the scales for me, and satisfy thy justice.
I bless Thee that great sin draws out great grace, that, although the lest sin deserves
infinite punishment because done against an infinite God, yet there is mercy for me, for
where guilt is most terrible, there Thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep. Bless me by
revealing to me more of His saving merits, by causing Thy goodness to pass before me,
by speaking peace to my contrite heart; strengthen me to give Thee no rest untiI Christ
shall reign supreme within me in every thought, word, and deed, in a faith that purifies
the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to Thee, and ever clings to the