Typically, I begin my day with a time quiet contemplation that includes prayer and Bible reading. To jump start my devotional time, I usually read some prayers from The Valley of Vision: Prayers and Meditations from the Puritans. This morning’s prayer, a reminder of the wonder of the Gospel is just too good not to share with you. Take some time, read it slowly, read it again, save it to read another day, and let the wonder of God’ Good Plan of Redemption sink a bit deeper into your heart.
Blessed Lord Jesus, no human mind could have ever conceived or invented the gospel. Acting in eternal grace, You are both its messenger and its message, lived out on earth through infinite compassion, applying Your life to insult, injury, and death, that I might be redeemed, freed.
Blessed are You, O Father, for contriving this way.
Eternal thanks to You, O Lamb of God, for opening this way.
Praise everlasting to You, O Holy Spirit, for applying this way to my heart.
Glorious Trinity, impress the gospel on my soul, until its virtues diffuse every faculty; let it be heard, acknowledged, professed, and felt.
Teach me to secure this mighty blessing; help me to give up every darling lust, to submit my heart and life to its command, to have it in my will, controlling my affections, molding my understanding; to adhere strictly to the rules of true faith, not departing from them in any circumstance, nor for 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 pretense of righteousness by my own doings.
O gracious Redeemer, I have neglected You for too long, often crucified You, crucified you afresh by my lack of repentance, put You to open shame.
I thank You for the patience that has borne with me for so long, and or the grace that now makes me willing to be Yours
O unite me to Yourself with bonds that cannot be broken, that nothing may ever draw me back from You, my Lord and my Savior. Amen.