An excerpt of a prayer by Charles Spurgeon acknowledging that we need God’s grace even to ask for grace! I forget that all too often….
We would bless Thee for all the mercies with which Thou dost surround us, for all things which our eyes see that are pleasant, which our ears hear that are agreeable, and for everything that maketh existence to be life. Especially do we own this dependence when we come to deal with spiritual things. O God, we are less than nothing in the spiritual world. We do feel this growingly, and yet even to feel this is beyond our power. Thy grace must give us even to know our need of grace. We are not willing to confess our own sinfulness until Thou dost show it to us. Though it stares us in the face our pride denies it, and our own inability is unperceived by us. We steal Thy power and call it our own till Thou dost compel us to say that we have no strength in ourselves.
Spurgeon, Charles. The Pastor In Prayer (Kindle Locations 59-64). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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