Prayer for Purification
God. Can you pray this same prayer in modern language?
At the bottom of this note you will find your INVITATION to an inspirational
GOSPEL MUSIC weekend with Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer, June 24 & 25 in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina. <
A PRAYER FOR PURIFICATION (1835)
O thou King eternal, immortal, invisible, and only wise God, before whom
angels bow and seraphs veil their faces, crying holy, holy, holy is the Lord
God Almighty. True and righteous are thy ways, thou King of saints. Help me,
thy poor unworthy creature, humbly to prostrate myself before thee, and
implore that mercy which my sins have justly forfeited. O God, I know that I
am not worthy of a place at thy footstool; but to whom shall I go but unto
thee? Thou alone hast the words of eternal life. Send me not away without a
blessing. I beseech thee; but enable me to wrestle like Jacob, and to
prevail like Israel. Be graciously pleased, O God, to pardon all that thou
hast seen amiss in me this day, and enable me to live more to thine honour
and glory for the time to come. Bless the church to which I belong, and grant
that when thou makest up thy jewels, not one soul shall be found missing.
Bless him in whom thou hast set over us as a watchman in Zion. Let not his
soul be discouraged. May he not fail to declare the whole counsel of God,
whether sinners will hear or forbear. And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope
is in thee. Do more for me than I can possibly ask or think, and finally
receive me to thyself.
- Maria W. Stewart, as collected by James Melvin Washington in CONVERSATIONS
WITH GOD: TWO CENTURIES OF PRAYERS BY AFRICAN AMERICANS, HarperCollins, 1994,
page 30. Maria Stewart (1803-1879), was a popular abolitionist speaker.
Have a great week,
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina