Friday, April 16, 2010

Grace Active - A Puritan Prayer

Grace Active
O God, may Thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to Thee. I Lord Jesus, great
high priest, Thou hast opened a new and living way by which a fallen creature can
approach Thee with acceptance.
Help me to contemplate the dignity of Thy Person, the perfectness of Thy
sacrifice, the effectiveness of Thy intercession.
O what blessedness accompanies devotion, when under all the trials that weary
me, the cares that corrode me, the fears that disturb me, the infirmities that oppress me,
I can come to Thee in my need and feel peace beyond understanding!
The grace that restores is necessary to preserve, lead, guard, supply, help me.
And here Thy saints encourage my hope; they were once poor and are now rich, bound
and are now free, tried and now are victorious.
Every new duty calls for more grace than I now possess, but not more than is
found in Thee, the divine treasury in whom all fullness dwells. To Thee I repair for grace
upon grace, until every void made by sin be replenished and I am filled with all Thy
May my desires be enlarged and my hopes emboldened, that I may honour Thee
by my entire dependency and the greatness of my expectation.
Do Thou be with me, and prepare me for all the smiles of prosperity, the frowns
of adversity, the losses of substance, the death of friends, the days of darkness, the
changes of life, and the last great change of all. May I find thy grace sufficient for all my

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