It’s what I don’t deserve.
It’s what I can never have too much of.
It’s what is always there no matter how far I wander.
It’s AMAZING GRACE.
O THOU GIVING GOD,
My heart is drawn out in thankfulness to thee,
for thy amazing grace and condescension to me
in influences and assistances of thy Spirit,
for special help in prayer,
for the sweetness of Christian service,
for the thoughts of arriving in heaven,
for always sending me needful supplies,
for raising me to new life when I am like the one dead.
I want not the favour of man to lean upon
for thy favour is infinitely better.
Thou art eternal wisdom in dispensations toward me;
and it matters not when, nor where, nor how I serve thee,
nor what trials I am exercised with,
if I might but be prepared for thy work and will.
No poor creature stands in divine grace more than I do,
and yet none abuses it more than I have done, and still do.
How heartless and dull I am!
Humble me in the dust for not loving thee more.
Every time I exercise any grace renewedly
I am renewedly indebted to thee,
the God of all grace, for special assistance.
I cannot boast when I think how dependent I am upon thee
for the being and every aspect of grace;
I never do anything else but depart from thee,
and if I ever get to heaven it will be because thou willest it,
and for no reason beside.
I love as a feeble, afflicted, despised creature,
to cast myself on thy infinite grace and goodness,
hoping for no happiness but from thee;
Give me special grace to fit me for special services,
and keep me calm and resigned at all times,
conformed to thy will.
– A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
This prayer came from a book called Valley of Vision. My family likes to read it before we go to bed. Maybe you could do the same!?
I just loved this prayer because it reminded me of where grace comes from. How grace should make me feel. What grace does is my life. Why I am even given grace to begin with.
It’s ALL because of Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to forgive my sins and He rose again to give me new life. I feel humbled to know that Jesus would take on all the wrath that sin produces and put it to shame and death. This amazing grace means I will see Him someday; I will meet Him and rejoice! He is so good!
How have you seen God’s amazing grace in your life?