I confess my sin, my frequent sin, my willful sin;
You have struck a blow at my pride,
At the false god of self,
And I lie in pieces before you. Forgive me.
But you have given me another Master and Lord, your Son, Jesus.
And now my heart is turned towards holiness.
My life speeds as an arrow from a bow towards complete obedience to you!
Help me in all my doings to put down sin and to humble pride.
Save me from the love of the world and the pride of life,
And everything that is natural to fallen man.
O God, let Christ’s nature be seen in me day by day.
Grant me grace to bear your will without hesitation, and delight to be not only chiseled, squared, or fashioned,
But separated from the old rock where I have been embedded so long, and lifted from the quarry to the upper air,
There I may be built in Christ forever and ever. Amen.
(Excerpt adapted from ‘Heart Corruptions’ Valley of Vision, Collection of Puritan Prayers)