Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Gospel of Grace

A primary purpose or design giving credence for the existence of my blog is to expose my readers to a variety of spiritually beneficial topics, books, articles, thoughts, and people.

Today, I felt compelled to expose my readers to a wonderful, yet important prayer from The Valley of Vision, from The Banner of Truth Trust, edited by Arthur Bennett, p. 76.

I trust that this prayer will be a great blessing to you today and that you will make it a regular prayer of yours.

O God of Grace,

Thou hast imputed my sin to my substitute,
and hast imputed his righteousness to my soul,
clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe,
decking me with jewels of holiness.

But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;
my best prayers are stained with sin;
my peniential tears are so much impurity;
my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;
my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.

I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed;
I have no robe to bring to cover my sins,
no loom to weave my own righteousness;
I am always standing clothed in filthy garments,
and by grace am always receiving change of raiment,
for thou dost always justify the ungodly;
I am always going into the far country,
and always returning home as a prodigal,
always saying, Father, forgive me,
and thou art always bringing forth the best robe.

Every morning let me wear it,
every evening return in it,
go out to the day’s work in it,
be married in it,
be wound in death in it,
stand before the great white throne in it,
enter heaven in it shining as the sun.

Grant me never to lose sight of
the exceeding sinfulness of sins,
the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
the exceeding wonder of grace.


Anonymous said...

Most enjoyable to read Gregg, also thanks for the comment. Much appreciated.


Scott said...

Love Valley of Vision. I read it regularly and often (more often than some may appreciate) close some Sunday evening messages with these prayers. They are so rich! Thanks for posting.