Monday, January 3, 2011

From the Heart of Samuel Johnson

A Prayer

Almighty and most merciful Father, who hast created and preserved me, have pity on my weakness and corruption. Let me not be created to misery, nor preserved only to multiply sin. Deliver me from habitual wickedness, and idleness, enable me to purify my thoughts, to use the faculties which thou has given me with honest diligence, and to regulate my life by thy holy word.

Grant me, O Lord, good purposes and steady resolution, that I may repent my sins, and amend my life. Deliver me from the distresses of vain terror and enable me by thy Grace to will and to do what may please thee, that when I shall be called away from this present state I may obtain everlasting happiness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

5 comments:

Captain Starch said...

Some awesome and powerful words.

Jessica Hall said...

Wow! That is something we should all pray! Definately! =D -J

Katelyn LaRee Mahoney said...

That is a wonderful prayer. We definitely need the Lord’s help, since “the flesh is weak.” Thank God that when we are weak he is strong. As Philippians 4:13 says “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Did you find that prayer in one of Sam Johnson’s books?
I hope your new year is going well.
Thanks!
Cheerio!

Camille Rose Wolaver said...

Yes, I am having to study Samuel Johnson, and came across this prayer in his journals. Very profound and heart-striking!

ironicdaisy said...

What a truly honest prayer. Thank you for sharing.