May thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to thee.
I have no merit, let the merit of Jesus stand for me.
I am undeserving, but I look to they tender mercy.
I am full of infirmities, wants, sin; thou are full of grace.
I confess my sin, my frequent sin, my willful sin;
Help me in all my doings to put down sin and to humble pride.
Save me from the love of the world and the pride of life,
from everything that is natural to fallen man,
and let Christ’s nature be seen in me day by day.
Grant me grace to bear thy will without repining,
and delight to be not only chiseled, squared, or fashioned,
but separated from the old rock where I have been embedded so long,
and lifted from the quarry to the upper air,
where I may be built in Christ for ever.”
(The Valley of Vision: Puritan Prayers and Devotions [Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975] p. 130–31)
Why Christ Suffered and Died – Reason #6: Because He Loved Me
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
“The death of Christ is not only the demonstration of God’s love (John 3:16), it is also the supreme expression of Christ’s own love for all who receive it as their treasure. The early witnesses who suffered most for being Christians were captured by this fact: Christ ‘loved me and gave himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20). They took the self-giving act of Christ’s sacrifice very personally. They said, ‘He loved me. He gave himself for me.’”
(John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Wheaton: Crossway, 2004] 30).
The rest of the above referenced book can be downloaded for free as a PDF. This book makes a great devotional for daily Lenten meditations.