A Cry for Deliverance

Heavenly Father, save us entirely from sin.

We know we are righteous through the righteousness of another, but we long to reflect your likeness;

We are your children and should bear your image, enable us to recognize our death unto sin; when it tempts us may we be deaf unto its voice.

Deliver us from the invasion as well as the dominion of sin. Grant us to walk as Christ walked, to live in the newness of his life, the life of love, the life of faith, the life of holiness.

We abhor these bodies of death, their idleness, envy, meanness, and pride.

Forgive, and kill these vices, have mercy on our unbelief, on our corrupt and wandering hearts.

When your blessings come we begin to idolize them, and set our affections on the creation rather than the creator.

Cleanse our spiritual adultery and give us purity; close our hearts to all but you.

Sin is our greatest curse; let your victory over it be apparent to our consciousness, and displayed in our lives.

Help us to be always devoted, confident, obedient, resigned, childlike in our trust of you, to love you with soul, body, mind, strength, to love others as we love ourselves,

to be saved from unregenerate tempers, hard thoughts, slanderous words, meanness, unkind manners, to master our tongues and guard the door of our lips.

Fill us with grace daily, that our lives may be overflowing fountains of sweet water for your glory and for the fame of the Gospel, Amen.

-adapted from “A Cry for Deliverance” (The Valley of Vision)