I Asked The Lord That I Might Grow

Geoff ChapmanPrayers0 Comments

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.

‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
“‘Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.

These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me.”

John Newton, 1779

Father, thank you that you have marked out your ancient paths with the footsteps of saints gone before us.  Grant us grace to find comfort and peace in our shared communion with you, the one who never changes.
Help us Lord to learn for ourselves the precious lessons of the life of the cross, that the marks of following Christ may not be in our doctrine alone, but in the scars we bear as you graciously strengthen us to follow him wherever he leads.  As we find our all in You, Lord, may it be only You that is found in us.  Amen.


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