Personal Revival Preceeds National Revival

A Prayer at Mid-Day for Revival 

Brokenness 2

“Thou hast imputed my sin to my substitute, and his righteousness to my soul, clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe, decking me with jewels of holiness. But in my Christian walk I am still in rags; my best prayers are stained with sin; my penitential tears are so much impurity; my congessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin; my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.
I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed;
I have no robe to bring to cover my sins,
.     no loom to weave my own righteousness;
I am always standing clothed in filthy garments, 
.    and by [Your] grace am always receiving change of raiment,
.    for thou dost always justify the ungodly;
I am always going into the far country,
  and always returning home as a prodigal, 
.    always saying , Father, forgive me,
.    and thou art always bringing forth the best robe.
Every moring let me wear it,
.    every evening return in it,
.    go out to the day’s work in it,
.    be married in it,
  be wound in death in it,
  stand before the great white throne in it,
.    enter heaven in it shining as the sun.
Grant me never to lose sight of
  the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
.    the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
.    the exceeding glory of Christ,
  the exceeding beauty of holiness,
.    the exceeding wonder of grace.

“Continual Repentance”
p. 136-137
in the Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.

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