HUMILITY IN SERVICE
From The Valley of Vision: Puritan Prayers and Devotions
Edited by Arthur Bennett
Published by The Banner of Truth Trust
I humble myself for faculties misused,
I repent of my folly and inconsiderate ways,
my broken resolutions, untrue service,
my backsliding steps,
my vain thoughts.
O bury my sins in the ocean of Jesus’ blood
and let no evil result from my fretful temper,
unseemly behaviour, provoking pettiness.
If by unkindness I have wounded or hurt another,
do thou pour in the balm of heavenly consolation;
If I have turned coldly from need, misery, grief,
do not in just anger forsake me:
If I have withheld relief from penury and pain,
do not withhold thy gracious bounty from me.
If I have shunned those who have offended me,
keep open the door to thy heart to my need.
Fill me with an over-flowing ocean of compassion,
the reign of love my motive,
the law of love my rule.
O thou God of all grace, make me more thankful,
Inspire me with a deep sense of my unworthiness
the depravity of my nature, my omitted duties,
my unimproved advantages, thy commands
violated by me.
With all my calls to gratitude and joy
may I remember
that I have reason for sorrow
O give me repentance unto life;
Cement my oneness with my blessed Lord,
that faith may adhere to him more immovably,
that love may entwine itself round him
that his Spirit may pervade every fibre
of my being.
Than send me out to make him known
to my fellow-men.