>As usual, please take the time today to pray and reflect on what we’ve read this week and catch up on any reading you may have missed. You are in my prayers. I pray the Lord would strengthen and build all of us up as we seek Him in His Word.
Here is a prayer from the Valley of Vision (p. 38). It is a good one to pray when feeling convicted of sin. I especially like the last two paragraphs: the second to last speaks of God’s patience (that far exceeds our own), and the last asks that God would make us sorrowful for our sin to lead us to repentance, grace and healing.
Thou righteous and holy Sovereign, in whose hand is my life and whose are all my ways, keep me from fluttering about religion; fix me in it, for I am irresolute; my decisions are smoke and vapor, and I do not glorify thee, or behave according to thy will.
Cut me not off before my thoughts grow to responses, and the budding of my soul into full flower, for thou art forbearing and good, patient and kind.
Save me from myself, from the artifices and deceits of sin, from the treachery of my perverse nature, from denying thy charge against my offenses, from a life of continual rebellion against thee, from wrong principles, views, and ends; for I know that all my thoughts, affections, desires and pursuits are alienated from thee.
I have acted as if I hated thee, although thou art love itself; have contrived to tempt thee to the uttermost, to wear out thy patience; have lived evilly in word and action.
Had I been a prince I would long ago have crushed such a rebel. Had I been a father I would long since have rejected my child.
O thou Father of my spirit, thou king of my life, cast me not into destruction, drive me not from thy presence, but wound my heart that it may be healed; break it that thine own hand may make it whole.