Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Cry of a Convicted Sinner

Here's a prayer titled "The Cry of a Convicted Sinner" from "The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions" edited by Arthur Bennett (pages 68-69): 

In whose hand is my life and whose are all my ways,
Keep me from fluttering about religion;
   fix me firm in it,
   for I am irresolute;
   my decisions are smoke and vapour,
   and I do not glorify thee,
   or behave according to thy will;
Cut me not off before my thoughts grow
     to responses,
   and the budding of my soul into full flower,
   for thou are forbearing and good,
   patient and kind.
Save me from myself,
   from the artifices and deceits of sin,
   from the treachery of my perverse nature,
   from denying thy charge against my offences,
   from a life of continual rebellion against thee,
   from wrong principles, views, and ends;
   for I know that all my thoughts, affections,
     desires and pursuits are alienated from thee.
I have acted as if I hated thee, although thou art
     love itself;
   have contrived to tempt thee to the uttermost,
   to wear out thy patience;
   have lived evilly in word and action.
Had I been a prince
   I would long ago have crushed such a rebel;
Had I been a father
   I would long since have rejected my child
O, thou Father of my spirit,
   thou King of my life,
     cast me not into destruction,
     drive me not from thy presence,
     but wound my heart that it may be healed;
     break it that thine own hand
       may make it whole.

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