Sometimes I do not know exactly what to write or how to communicate the Gospel in a different way each week. For example, I have a post all prepared in my mind for next week…but I am still struggling with actually writing it out. Sigh.
While the writing part is sometimes difficult, the heart for it is there. That is God’s grace! I have a passion for sharing the Gospel purely because God gave me that passion. He wants me to tell everyone about the best news in the world! I am truly blessed to be able to do so.
This following prayer comes from a book called Valley of Vision. I have posted from it before because it is one of my all-time favorites. I wanted to share this particular prayer with you all today to show how desperate we are for Christ’s freedom, redemption, and salvation. I bolded certain parts of the prayer that are specifically speaking to my heart and I hope it encourages you! Please take time to enjoy this beautiful prayer.
THE GOSPEL WAY
Blessed Lord Jesus,
No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel.
Acting in eternal grace, thou art both its messenger and its message,
lived out on earth through infinite compassion,
applying thy life to insult, injury, death,
that I might be redeemed, ransomed, freed.
Blessed be thou, O Father, for contriving this way,
Eternal thanks to thee, O Lamb of God, for opening this way,
Praise everlasting to thee, O Holy Spirit,
for applying this way to my heart.
Glorious Trinity, impress the gospel on my soul,
until its virtue diffuses every faculty;
Let it be heard, acknowledged, professed, felt.
Teach me to secure this mighty blessing;
Help me to give up every darling lust,
to submit heart and life to its command,
to have it in my will,
controlling my affections,
moulding my understanding;
to adhere strictly to the rules of true religion,
not departing from them in any instance,
nor for any advantage in order to escape evil,
inconvenience or danger.
Take me to the cross to seek glory from its infamy;
Strip me of every pleasing pretense of righteousness by my own doings.
O gracious Redeemer,
I have neglected thee too long,
often crucified thee,
crucified thee afresh by my impenitence,
put there to open shame.
I thank thee for the patience that has been borne with me so long,
and for the grace that now make me willing to be thine.
O unite thee to thyself with inseparable bonds,
that nothing may ever draw me back from thee, my Lord, my Saviour.
– A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
Can I be praying for any of you? We have a gracious God who listens and deeply cares!