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I love the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. Especially the lines;
Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily
I’m constrained to be,
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Those words could not be truer of me. I am a great sinner who is so prone to wander off, to leave the God that I proclaim to love. But the good news of the gospel is that, though that is indeed true of me, I am still loved by a great and competent savior. One who knows me, knows us, through and through, yet came to die and to stand in my place, absorbing the rightful wrath of God that I truly deserved.
I need daily reminders of this, I need to hear the gospel daily, reminding me of the good news, that no matter how deep the sin, the Saviors love runs deeper still!
That’s why I love books like “Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration“ by Barbara and Wayne Duguid. What the Duguid’s have given us is a book of prayers, confessional prayer to be specific. Taking some cues from another great book of prayers, “The Valley of Vision” If you have never read this one, you would be doing your heart a great disservice if you didn’t pick up a copy!
Prone to Wander is a unique book, in that it shows us that we are worse off than we think, but then as the gospel does, shows how incredibly loved we are! There isn’t any of the “bubble gum” Christianity that one usually finds in the current Christian bookstore. Each prayer is introduced by a passage of scripture and then finished up with a suggested hymn or song of praise.
Some may argue that this is not a very authentic way of praying or that it may seem a bit scripted. However, as with Valley of Vision I find that the prayers eventually turn into mere suggestions, they help to steer us in the right direction and allow us to stay focused on the Lord and on His goodness. I am so prone to drifting during times of prayer, as are many.. But, having a great resource like “Prone to Wander” in my library helps immensely with that tendency!
I’ll leave you with one of the many gems in this book;
“Lord God Almighty,You graciously and generously fill our lives with many wonderful things. You bless us with friends, family and wealth that most people in this world can’t even imagine. We confess today that we are prone to love your good gifts far more than we love you. We covet and long for things that you haven’t given us, or we are filled with fearful anxiety if we think you might take away the things or people that we have come to love so much. Father, thank you for your deep and endless mercy to rebels like us. We have trampled on the blood of your precious and only Son, time and time again. We know that we deserve your wrath, and yet when we approach you we find grace and mercy instead. Father, we cannot fathom the cost to your heart of pouring out so much anger on your perfect Son. Father, we are so grateful that you were willing to suffer so much for us.
Jesus, thank you that you have disarmed the wrath of God toward us. You never bowed to an idol or loved anything or anyone more than your Father. You offered perfect worship on our behalf, and by your obedience we are made spotlessly clean. Thank you for walking up the hill of sacrifice for us, for carrying the very wood to which you would be nailed, knowing full well that for you there would be no substitute. Thank you for enduring for us the full fury of your Father’s just hatred for sin, and for paying the price for every single idolatrous thought, sinful act, and moment of unbelief we would engage in.
Holy Spirit, help us to see our many idols, and incline our stubborn hearts to repent. Open our blind eyes to see the Lamb of God lifted up for us, so that his redeeming blood could cleanse us from all our self-worship. Draw our eyes to the great throne room in heaven, where he dwells in radiant glory, crowned with honor and interceding for those united to him. Thank you for the certain hope that one day we will join with the thousands upon thousands of the redeemed, falling down before the throne and saying together, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive blessing and honor and glory forever.” Amen”
Source: Think On These Things