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A PRAYER

 

My omnipotent Lord, enable me to do what, apart from

 

Thy enabling, is impossible. Yet since it is Thy

 

will I can ask in the utmost confidence. I would be

 

detached from everything that would hinder me, and

 

therefore hinder Thee, in the accomplishment of Thy purpose.

 

 

 

Let me be willing that Self should be completely

 

dethroned in my life. When I have sometimes thought

 

the victory was won, I have found to my humiliation

 

that I was still in bondage to my old enemy. He is

 

too strong and subtle for me. Do Thou, therefore,

 

cleanse the temple of my being as Thou didst in the

 

days of Thy flesh. Drive out all the buyers and

 

sellers, and make my heart a house of prayer.

 

 

Teach me the life of absolute dependence upon Thee.

 

I am so prone to creaturely activity and creaturely

 

self-assertion. I have so often failed to realize

 

that apart from Thee I can do nothing.

 

 

My Master, lead me to Thy door;

 

Pierce this now willing ear once more:

 

Thy bonds are freedom; let me stay

 

With thee, to toil, endure, obey.

 

 

May I show my devotion to Thee by my love of Thy Word,

 

and by my glad and quick obedience to Thy sayings.

 

May I never pick and choose among Thy commands, but

 

regard every Word of Thine as binding upon me. To

 

this end help me patiently and diligently to study

 

Thy precepts; to be as glad to come to Thee for law

 

as for life; and to remember that Thy commandments

 

are not grievous.

 

 

 

Let me never through carelessness or self-indulgence

 

be disapproved; but, submitting to the discipline

 

of the Holy Spirit, may I lay aside every weight;

 

run the heavenly race; and at last finish the course

 

and win the crown. I ask this in the Name of Jesus

 

my Savior and King.

 

Amen (author unknown)