A Prayer For Insensible Sinners
Benjamin Jenks | Added: Aug 02, 2013 | Category: Theology
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O Lord, the great Almighty God, who quickenest the dead, and callest those things that are not, as if they were! there is nothing-impossible with Thee; but the things that resist all the skill and power of men, are (with the greatest facility) brought to pass by thine almighty arm. Thou, the living God, canst speak life to souls that are dead in trespasses and sins; and canst make even such as lie in the grave of their habitual corruptions, to hear the voice of the Son of God, and live. It is the great work of thy eternal Spirit, O Lord, to convince the world of sin; and to make inconsiderate careless sinners to know themselves, and be concerned as they ought, about the welfare of their souls. O that these poor insensible creatures who have sinned, till their consciences are seared and past feeling, may find mercy from the Lord, and may yet come to feel in themselves the irresistible power of thy grace! O that Thou wouldest open their eyes to see their case: and soften their hearts to bewail their sins and to turn their course, that they may flee from the wrath to come! Blessed Lord, awaken them with thy terrors, before they be overtaken by thy judgments! O break in upon their souls by thy mighty convictions, to bring them into bitterness for their sins; and let thy quick and powerful word pierce their hearts, to make them inquire in earnest, what they must do to be saved.
O that they did but apprehend their case, and know their transgressions! that, instead of continuing unconcerned (as if nothing were amiss with them), and indulging themselves in pleasures (as if they were in the happiest condition), they were struck down into the deepest heaviness and consternation, refusing to be comforted! O that they might go mourning all the day long, yea, even roar for the disquietness of their hearts ! O God of all grace! be Thou pleased in mercy to show such seeming severity; to write bitter things against them, and make them confess their former iniquities: make them to feel now the weight of all their sins, that they may not feel it eternally, when past a remedy. Direct and empower thy messengers, O Lord, to speak to the convictions of their minds: enable them to cry aloud, and not spare, and to show thy rebellious creatures their transgressions and their sins. Yea, make thy word in the mouth of thy servants as fire, to inflame and rouse the consciences of such drowsy sinners, that they may come to perceive what a lost condition they are in; and be restless in themselves, till coming unto Christ they find rest unto their souls. O Thou Almighty God! do marvellous things worthy of Thyself, in taking away that which blinds the minds, and hardens the hearts, of such stupid creatures; and bring them out of the worst lethargy and deadness; that they may understand themselves, and seek after God, and follow the things which make for their peace, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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