evening prayer

November 16, 2007

Lord Jesus, I believe that Thou art able and willing to deliver me from all the care and unrest and bondage of my … life.  I believe Thou didst die to set me free, not only in the future, but now and here.  I believe Thou art stronger than sin, and that Thou canst keep me, even me, in my extreme of weakness, from falling into its snares or yielding obedience to its commands.  And Lord, I am going to trust Thee to keep me.  I have tried keeping myself, and have failed, and failed most grievously.  I am absolutely helpless.  So now I will trust Thee.  I give myself to Thee.  I keep back no reserves.  Body, soul, and spirit, I present myself to Thee as a piece of clay, to be fashioned into anything Thy love and Thy wisdom shall choose.  And now I am Thine.  I believe Thou dost accapt that which I present to Thee; I believe that this poor, weak, foolish heart has been taken possession of by Thee, and that Thou hast even at this very moment begun to work in me to will and to do of Thy good pleasure.  I trust Thee utterly, and I trust Thee now.

Hannah Whitall SmithA Guide to Prayer
 

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