Prayer of Continual Repentance

I had a post prepared for today and then I went to prayer this morning. I prayed this prayer from the book The Valley of Vision and I wept from the power of its words. I believe this is meant for more than me this Walk with Him Wednesday so I am posting it today instead of what I had planned. Be blessed by His grace.

Thou hast imputed my sin to my Substitute,

and hast imputed 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 prayers are so much impurity;

my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;

my receiving of 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 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 morning 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.

 

                    —– from “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions” by Arthur Bennett

Walking with Him this Wednesday and forever,

Dawn

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16 comments on “Prayer of Continual Repentance

  1. Since being introduced to this powerful book of prayers, I have felt so drawn into the presence of God time after time! It now has a “most favored position,” second to my Bible, and I pick it up often. The prayer you quoted here has moved me time and again, Dawn. The reassurance standing before Him spotless in robes of white, and no matter how many times I stain it, He redresses me. . . again! It was so good to read this again this morning. I think I’ll just find something white to wear today!

    • Thanks for coming by, Brian. The Lord has the answer for all that would ail us. I thought it would be a good link to imperfect prose and Ann’s, but Ann has not posted today, sadly.

      I’m so glad you passed by,
      Dawn

  2. enter heaven in it shining as the sun…I experienced this, then the Lord sent me back to my father to be his little girl a while longer… I will never forget the beautiful shining robes and His… even more glorious… everyone radiant and pure and… holy, because we were with Him… in His glory
    thanks for sharing !

  3. You have been blessed as few others. He knew He could trust you with such a great revelation. You haven’t let Him down. You’ve been giving Him glory ever since (and perhaps before, as well), but there is nothing like getting a front-row seat. I can only imagine…and so the song goes.

    Blessed be the Name,
    Dawn

    • Dear Emily,

      The book from which the prayer comes is full of powerful prayers that take the pray-er to the throne of grace with every line. I wanted others to be aware of it because it means so much to me. God bless you, Dear One in the Lord,

      Dawn

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