On this summer Saturday, may we echo Wendell's prayer for needful grace. This prayer is from his book, A Pastor Prays for His People.
Most glorious God, God of compassion, God of forgiveness,
I need your presence,
Great Physician, I need healing.
I am spiritually lukewarm
and unbelief mars my confidence in trusting you—
brokenness and repeated failure occupy my attention.
It astounds me that I continually try to battle life's issues on my own.
Sin makes me forget you.
Too long I have neglected the closet of prayer . . .
Too long I have forsaken the refreshment of your Word . . .
The cobwebs of indifference and the dust of life's cares choke my soul.
Broken relationships and shattered trust have prevented the health and
healing of your Word.
But now—this moment,
I turn from absenteeism to the mercy seat.
I praise you for permission to approach the throne of grace.
Here, I pour out my confession of sin:
foolishly questioning your providence.
Divinely sweep away my soul's clutter.
Pour down upon me streams of needful grace,
Engage my heart to live more faithfully for you.
Your presence alone can make me holy,
I praise you for forgiveness—
Accomplish in me your eternal purposes, through Jesus Christ,
my only hope, my only Savior.
Wendell's book is available at the Sunday morning Book Stall.