Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lent

a prayer by Dr Eric Milner-White

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Lord, bless to me this Lent.

Lord, let me fast most ruly and profitably,
by feeding in prayer on thy Spirit:
reveal me to myself
in the light of thy holiness.

Suffer me never to think that I have
knowledge enough to need no teaching,
wisdom enough to need no correction,
talents enough to need no grace,
goodness enough to need no progress,
humility enough to need no repentance,
devotion enough to need no quickening,
strength sufficient without thy Spirit;
lest, standing still, I fall back for evermore.

Shew me the desires that should be disciplined, 
and sloths to be slain.
shew me the omissions to be made up
and the habits to be mended.
And behind these, weaken, humble, and annihilate in me
self-will, self-righteousness, self-satisfaction,
self-sufficiency, self-assertion, vainglory.

May my whole effort be to return to thee; 
O make it serious and sincere,
persevering and fruitful in result,
by the help of thy Holy Spirit
and to thy glory,
my Lord and my God.