A Prayer

“Good God, what a mighty felicity is this to which we are called! How graciously Thou hast joined our duty and happiness together, and prescribed that for our work, the performance whereof is a great reward! And shall such silly worms be advanced to so great a height? Wilt Thou allow us to raise our eyes to Thee? Wilt Thou admit and accept our affection? Shall we receive the impression of Thy divine excellencies by beholding and admiring them, and partake of Thy infinite blessedness and glory by loving Thee and rejoicing in them? Oh, the happiness of those souls that have broken the fetters of self-love, and disentangled their affection from ever narrow and particular good; whose understandings are enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and their wills enlarged to the extent of Thine; who love Thee above all things, and all mankind for Thy sake!

“I am persuaded, O God, I am persuaded that I can never be happy till my carnal and corrupt affections are mortified, and the pride and vanity  of my spirit are subdued, and till I come seriously to despise the world and think nothing of myself. But, Oh, when shall it be! Oh, when wilt Thou come unto me and satisfy my soul with Thy likeness, making me holy as Thou art holy, even in all manner of conversation! Hast Thou given me a prospect of so great a felicity, and wilt Thou not bring me unto it? Hast Thou excited these desires in my soul, and wilt Thou not also satisfy them? Oh, teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. Thy Spirit is good; lead me unto the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for Thy name’s sake, and perfect that which concerns me. Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever; forsake not the work of Thine own hands.”

Henry Scougal (1650-1678)

O’ Lord, make this prayer my own, and please answer it according to Your faithfulness. The words, needs, and desires that were true for this faithful saint are true for me as well. I need You Lord, I need You above all worldly treasures, may I desire You more than the trivial things of life. Free me of my own self love, my own self-centeredness and conceit that only keeps me from loving others as I ought, and more importantly keeps me from loving You as I ought. You have given much more than I could ever speak, and blessed me much more than I could ever deserve. I am a man truly in awe of You, Your love, and Your grace. Transform me Lord…In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray….Amen

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