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 fro 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 pretence of righteousness by my own doings.

O gracious redeemer,

    I have neglected thee too long,

        often crucified thee,

        crucified thee afresh my my impenitence,

        thee to open shame.

I thank thee for the patience that has borne with me so long,

    and for the grace that now makes me willing to be thine.

O unite me to thyself with inseparable bonds,

    that  nothing my ever draw me back from thee, my Lord, my Saviour.

From The Valley of Vision – A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions – by Arthur Bennett

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3 thoughts on “The Gospel Way

  1. “Help me to give up every darling lust”

    Oh the little foxes. The favorite and unseen sins. The ones we don’t condone but won’t crucify. The ones we excuse by comparison.

    The adjective “darling” is so telling, making us intimate with our sin no matter how tiny. May the Holy Spirit grant us a supernatural repulsion to the smallest sin, which helped delivered the death blow to my Sin Bearer.

    I am free from my sin, not by my own repentance, but by His power and His alone. Thanks be to God Who always gives us the victory!

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