The one who diligently seeks after God recognizes his own frailty. Desperation toward God characterizes the Christian who knows himself in light of God. In “Weaknesses,” a prayer from The Valley of Vision, the author draws out those innermost feelings of crying out to God for forgiveness and grace: “When I am pressed down with a load of sorrow, perplexed and knowing not what to do, help me, I pray thee.” We are in constant need of God’s grace to lead us to heaven. Let this design remind you that you are desperate for God to bring you home.
O SPIRIT OF GOD, Help my infirmities; When I am pressed down with a load of sorrow, perplexed and knowing not what to do, slandered and persecuted, made to feel the weight of the cross, help me, I pray thee.
If thou seest in me any wrong thing encouraged, any evil desire cherished, any delight that is not thy delight, any habit that grieves thee, any nest of sin in my heart, then grant me the kiss of thy forgiveness, and teach my feet to walk the way of thy commandments.
Deliver me from carking care, and make me a happy, holy person; help me to walk the separated life with firm and brave step, and to wrestle successfully against weakness; teach me to laud, adore, and magnify thee, with the music of heaven, and make me a perfume of praiseful gratitude to thee.
I do not crouch at thy feet as a slave before a tyrant, but exult before thee as a son with a father. Give me power to live as thy child in all my actions, and to exercise sonship by conquering self.
Preserve me from the intoxication that come of prosperity; sober me when I am glad with a joy that comes not from thee. Lead me safely on to the eternal kingdom, not asking whether the road be rough or smooth.
I request only to see the face of him I love, to be content with bread to eat, with raiment to put on, if I can be brought to thy house in peace.
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