Congregational Prayer, November 6, 2011…

We are blessed with very faithful and able men in our congregation. Today’s prayer is offered by one of them…

Father of Mercies, hear us for Jesus’ sake. We are sinful even in our closest walk with thee; it is of thy mercy we died not long ago; Thy grace has given us in the cross by which thou hast reconciled thyself to us and us to thee, drawing us by thy great love, reckoning us as innocent in Christ though guilty in ourselves.

Giver of all graces, we look to thee for strength to maintain them in us, for it is hard to practice what we believe. Strengthen us against temptations. Our hearts are an un-exhausted fountain of sin, a river of corruption since childhood days, flowing on in every pattern of behavior; Thou hast disarmed us of the means in which we trusted, and we have no strength but in thee.

Thou alone canst hold back our evil ways, but without thy grace to sustain us, we fall. Satan’s darts quickly inflame us, and the shield that should quench them easily drops from our hand: Empower us against his wiles and assaults. Keep us sensible of our weakness, and of our dependence upon thy strength. Let every trial teach us more of thy peace, more of thy love.

 

Thy Holy spirit is to increase thy graces, and we
cannot preserve or improve them unless he works continually in us. May he
confirm our trust in thy promised help, and let us walk humbly in dependence
upon thee, for Jesus’ sake.

The above is taken from The Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett, published by the Banner of Truth Trust. It is copyrighted material and reproduced here by permission. The full book, The Valley of Vision, is available from http://www.banneroftruth.org.

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