A prayer of worship and holy living.
For a time of renewal and commitment.
For a time when the soul craves the holiness, grace, and precious love of God.
I come before Thee, aware of my state of weakness, and that my heart’s desires will always cause me to flee from Thy goodness. Apart from Thy strength, Thy goodwill, and Thy love I am nothing. I am reminded of the hymn Come, Thou Fount, for I am daily constrained to be a debtor to grace. My mind is tempted, my mind sins, and my mind has driven my body to sin countless times. I am reminded through hunger, sleep, and tiredness that I am not perfect, and that I am sick. My sickness can only be attributed to the flesh that I live in. I am a man, and Thou art the Most High God; Thou art the great Almighty who hath made the sea and the land. Yet, though Thou art so powerful, and I am so weak, Thou hast loved me. What a mystery it is to me.
How can I, a person who is weak, be called strong?
How can I, a person who is tired, say I have rest?
How can I, a person who is wretched, say I am righteous?
How can I, a person who forgets to pray and devote to the Scriptures, say I am a son of God?
How can I, a person who can desire to be apart from God, be called a friend of God?
By the mercies of the Father, who hath called me out of darkness and into His marvelous light. By the all sanctifying blood of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By the gifts of grace that the Spirit granteth my soul day by day.
Thou alone, oh Lord, art my hiding place. As David cried out that he was likened to a deer that panteth for the water, so shall I say the same. I need Thee, by my side, at all times. Thou art the only hope that I have in life, and death. Praise to the Triune God that there has been a promise made to all who are His elect.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be on our side, who can be against us?
Who spared not his own Son, but gave Him for us all to death, how shall He not with Him give us all things also?
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s chosen? It is God that justifieth.
Who shall condemn? It is Christ which is dead: yay, or rather, which is risen again, who is also at the right hand of God, and maketh request also for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For thy sake are we killed all day long: we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.’
Nevertheless, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:31-39 (GNV)
Help me, that I will never forget Thy promises, and that I should rest on them. It is impossible, by my own efforts, to remember Thy love, and to continue on the path of righteousness. My heart depends on Thy grace, and the filling of the Holy Spirit, that I might be able to pray to Thee, that I might be able to worship Thee, and that I might be able to study Thee. Thou art my greatest, most treasured Friend, Shepherd, and Love of my soul. Forbid it Lord, that I should ever leave Thy presence.
So, let me seek after Thee, that my heart would begin to desire the treasures of Thy Kingdom, rather than the wastes of this world. All things of this world is ruled by death, and it rules the dying. But in Thy Kingdom, that is everlasting, there is a King who rules the living. He brings life to the ones such as I, and calls us into an everlasting reign with Him. Who is He that I speak of? The One that I treasure, Christ.
Help me to press on towards that Day, when Thou dost call me home, and when I shall reunite with Thee. Be with me, Oh Lord, through all circumstances, and grant me the ability to follow Thee everyday.
Forget not my prayer of devotion.
Soli Deo Gloria.