I am slowly working through some puritan prayers, this one impacts me on many levels.
Oh God, it is amazing that men can talk so much about man’s creatures power and goodness, when, if thou didn’t not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incarnate.
I know this to be true of myself, although I frequently forget it and tell myself I am a “good person” because of x, y, and z. No, the truth is God is kind to me that my sinful nature does not dominate me to the fullest extent it could. Thank you Jesus.
I know that thou are the author and finisher of faith, that the whole work of redemption is thine alone.
This is something I have been realising more and more recently. I actually don’t have the power, capacity or drive to be a better person, to be holy. I need to rely on Jesus to do this, I need to abide in Him. I need to receive His work of redemption and sanctification and formation, and I need to put to death by the spirit my fleshly attempts to earn redemption, sanctification and formation.
If thou bidst me to decide for myself in any affair, I would choose to refer all to thee, for thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss, as I am in danger of doing.
As I pray this, I ask for this particular perspective to permeate my conscious and sub-conscious mind. I long for the wisdom to surrender to Him who is Good, without fear or reservation.
Then prayer turns wholly into praise.
When my mantra in life becomes “He must increase, I must decrease”, all that is left for me is to adore and bless Him.