Reading this moring in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, one struck me as particularly helpful for re-aligning the heart with God’s sufficient, sustaining grace at the beginning of a day. It reflects the heart of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-12:
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,t a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Here is the first part of the prayer.
O Lord of Grace,
The world is before me this day, and I am weak and fearful, but I look to Thee for strength; If I venture forth alone I will stumble and fall, but on the Beloved’s arms I am firm as the eternal hills; If left to the treachery of my heart I shall shame Thy name, but if enlightened, guided, upheld by Thy Spirit, I shall bring Thee glory.
Here are five take-aways for me today from this prayer:
- God is a God of grace – he is a glad and generous giver
- I am weak in every way
- God is strong in every way
- Without a conscious awareness of my weakness and his strength, I will fail and fall hard and often
- But walking close to Jesus, by his Spirit’s power, I can face my fears and obstacles (those from without and within) with supernatural power and peace and glorify God, as the giver of saving and sustaining grace
Soli Deo gloria.
The Valley of Vision daily devotional may be found here.