Friday, November 5, 2010

Puritan Prayer: Privileges

(Adapted from: The Valley of Vision, 284-85)

O God of grace, Teach us to know that grace precedes, accompanies, and follows our salvation;
that it sustains the redeemed soul, that not one link of its chain can ever break.

From Calvary’s cross, wave upon wave of grace reaches us, deals with our sin, washes us clean, renews our heart, strengthens our will, draws out our affection, kindles a flame in our souls, rules throughout our inner being, consecrates our every thought, word.

How great are our privileges in Christ Jesus. Without him we stand far off, strangers, outcasts; In him we draw near and touch His kingly scepter.

Without him we dare not lift up our guilty eyes; in him we gaze upon our Father-God and friend.

Without him we hide our lips in trembling shame; in him we open our mouth in petition and praise.

Without him all is wrath and consuming fire; in him is all love, and the rest of our souls.

Without him is gaping hell below us, and eternal anguish; in him its gates are barred to us by His precious blood!

Without him darkness spreads its horrors before us; in him an eternity of glory is our boundless horizon.

Without him all things external call for our condemnation; in him they minister to our comfort, and are to be enjoyed with thanksgiving.

We praise You for your overwhelming grace and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus.

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