Lent: Puritan Prayers – Heart Corruptions
by Aaron Meares
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)