Friday, August 12, 2011

The Grace of God in Our Time of Need

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

Grace Active

Lord Jesus, great high priest,
Thou hast opened a new and living way
by which a fallen creature can approach Thee
with acceptance.

Help me to contemplate
the dignity of Thy Person,
the perfectness of Thy sacrifice,
the effectiveness of Thy intercession.

O what blessedness accompanies devotion,
when under all the trials that weary me,
the cares that corrode me, the fears that disturb me,
the infirmities that oppress me,
I can come to Thee in my need
and feel peace beyond understanding!

The grace that restores is necessary to preserve,
lead, guard, supply, help me.
And here Thy saints encourage my hope;
they were once poor and are now rich,
bound and are now free,
tried and now are victorious.

Every new duty calls for more grace than I now possess,
but not more than is found in Thee,
the divine treasury in whom all fullness dwells.
To Thee I repair for grace upon grace,
until every void made by sin be replenished
and I am filled with all Thy fullness.

May my desires be enlarged and my hopes emboldened,
that I may honour Thee by my entire dependency
and the greatness of my expectation.

Do Thou be with me, and prepare me for all
the smiles of prosperity, the frowns of adversity,
the losses of substance, the death of friends,
the days of darkness, the changes of life,
and the last great change of all.

May I find thy grace sufficient
for all my needs.

From "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotion" edited by Arthur Bennett