Christmas Prayers – Love Shed Abroad


My heart praises thee for the wonder
of thy love in Jesus;
He is heaven’s darling, but is for me
the incarnate, despised, rejected,
crucified sin-bearer;

In him thy grace has almost out-graced itself,
In him thy love to rebels has reached its height;
O to love thee with a love like this!
My heart is stone, melt it with thy love,
My heart is locked, let thy love be the master key
to open it;

O Father, I adore thee for thy great love
in the gift of Jesus,
O Jesus, I bless thee for resigning thy life for me,
O Holy Spirit, I thank thee for revealing to me
this mystery;

Great God, let thy Son see in me the travail
of his soul!
Bring me away from my false trusts to rest in him,
and him only.
Let me not be so callous to his merit
as not to love him,
so indifferent to his blood
as not to desire cleansing.

Lord Jesus, Master, Redeemer, Saviour,
come and take entire possession of me;
this is thy right by purchase.
In the arms of love enfold and subdue
my wilful spirit.
Take, sanctify, use my every faculty.
I am not ashamed of my hope,
nor has my confidence led me into confusion.
I trusted in thee regarding my innumerable sins,
and thou hast cast them behind thy back.
I trusted in thee when evils encompassed me,
and thou broughtest me out into a wealthy place.
I trusted in thee in an hour of distress,
and thou didst not fail me, though faith trembled.

O God of the eternal choice,
O God of the restored possession purchased
on the tree,
O God of the effectual call,
Father, Son, Holy Spirit,
I adore thy glory, honour, majesty, power,
dominion for ever.

Valley of Vision – Love Shed Abroad

Fix your mind on this great truth:

He is heaven’s darling, but is for me
the incarnate, despised, rejected,
crucified sin-bearer

Oh, wonder at God’s unfailing love as the darling of heaven became your crucified-sin bearer. Consider afresh Philippians 2:6-8, “[T]hough he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Thoughts to Guide Your Prayers

  • Thank God the Father for his great love, thank God the Son for laying down his life for your sin, and thank God the Holy Spirit for opening your eyes.
  • Ask God to help you truly rest in Him and not run to other things or people for comfort before Him.
  • Pray for strength to trust God in difficult and dark seasons.
  • Rejoice in God’s love and grace that forgives and restores.
  • Plead for God to give you a greater love for Him.

Other posts in this series: Prepare Him Room


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