Ancient Prayers: Deeper

Lord Jesus, grant to me a deeper repentance,
a horror of sin,
a dread of its approach.
Help me chastely to flee it
and jealously to resolve
that my heart shall be
Yours alone.

Give me a deeper trust,
that I may lose myself to find myself in You,
the ground of my rest, the spring of my being.
Give me a deeper knowledge of You
as Saviour, Master, Lord, And King.
Give me deeper power in private prayer,
Give me more sweetness in Your Word,
Give me more steadfast grip on its truth.
Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and
let me not seek moral virtue apart from You.

Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman,
that my being may be a tilled field,
the roots of grace spreading far and wide,
until You alone are seen in me,
Your beauty golden like summer harvest, Y
our fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no master but You,
no law but Your will,
no delight but Yourself,
no wealth but that You give,
no good but that You bless,
no peace but that You bestow.
I am nothing but that You make me.
I have nothing but that which I receive from You.
I can be nothing good apart from what You make me
Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.

Prayer modified from The Valley Of Vision: A Collection Of Puritan Prayers by Arthur G. Bennett

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