Friday, July 15, 2011

If It's Been a Hard Week

This prayer has been encouraging me this week, so I'm passing it along.

O God,
I bless thee for the happy moment
   when I first saw thy law fulfilled in Christ,
   wrath appeased, death destroyed, sin forgiven, my soul saved.

Ever since, Thou hast been faithful to me,
   daily have I proved the power of Jesus' blood,
   daily have I known the strength of the Spirit,
      my teacher, director, sanctifier.

I want no other rock to build upon than that I have,
   desire no other hope than that of gospel truth,
   need no other look than that which gazes on the cross.

Forgive me if I have tried to add anything to the one foundation,
                     if I have unconsciously relied upon my knowledge,
                         experience, deeds, and not seen them as filthy rags.
                     if I have attempted to complete what is perfect in Christ;
May my cry be always, Only Jesus! only Jesus!

In him is freedom from condemnation,
                fulness in his righteousness,
                eternal vitality in his given life,
                indissoluble union in fellowship with him;
In him I have all that I can hold;
     enlarge me to take in more.

If I backslide,
     let me like Peter weep bitterly and return to him;
If I am tempted, and have no wit,
     give me strength enough to trust in him;
If I am weak,
     may I faint upon his bosom of eternal love;
If in extremity,
     let me feel that he can deliver me;
If driven to the verge of hope and to the pit of despair,
     grant me grace to fall into his arms.
O God, hear me, do for me more than I ask, think, or dream.
Yes, Lord, do for these readers more than they ask, think, or dream. Whatever their need today, may they find in Christ its fulfillment.

5 comments:

  1. I love that book of prayers--and appreciated reading this one here just now. Interestingly, it has been a hard week! Not a bad one though, because God in His Grace has shown His Truth. Only Jesus. . . yes, yes, yes.

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  2. I love that and have never heard it, nor have I heard of the book. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Amen!!!!!! Only Jesus!!!!
    Thank you, dear! :)

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  4. beautiful...thanks for sharing...

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  5. You're welcome, ladies. I'm glad it helped and encouraged you in the Lord.

    Amy, friend, I'm sorry it's been a hard week but thankful to God that He gave grace in the midst.

    Only Jesus!

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