More Grace

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
~ James 4:6

Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
~ Proverbs 3:34

A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
~ Proverbs 29:23

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
~ Matthew 23:12

When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
~ Job 22:29

When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
~ Psalm 9:12

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
~ Isaiah 57:15

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
~ 1 Peter 5:5

O, For More Grace! A Prayer, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Prayer 18. O, For More Grace!

Our Father, You do hear us when we pray.

You have provided an advocate and intercessor in heaven now; we cannot come to You unless Your Holy Spirit motivate us to pray, and help us while we plead.

We would …truly and personally know the Christ and have Him to be our all in all. We would live as He is everything to us; more than all in Him we find.

We do accept You, Lord Jesus, to be made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. We will not look to any other besides You for anything, for everything is in You. Our sin is pardoned, our sinful nature is subdued; we have a perfect righteousness; we have an immortal life; we have a sure hope; we have an immovable foundation.

Why should we look beyond You? Why should we look within to ourselves, knowing that You shall be the only well from which we will draw the living water, the only foundation upon which we will be built.

We would thrust out new roots this day, and take fresh hold on the blessed soil in which grace has planted us.

O Savior, reveal Yourself anew, teach us a little more, help us to go a little deeper into the divine mystery. May we grip You and grasp You; may we suck out of You the nutriment of our spirit; may we be in You as a branch is in the stem, and may we bear fruit from You.

Without You we can do nothing.

Forgive, we pray You, Your servants, any wanderings during the past. If we have forgotten You, forget not us; if we have acted apart from You, forgive the act. Blot out the sin. Help us in the future to live only as we live in You, to speak, and even to think, as in union with our living Head.

Take away from us all life which is contrary to the life of Christ; bring us into complete subjection in Him, until for us to live shall be Christ in every single act of life. May we walk humbly with God in joyful faith in the finished work of Christ.

Savior, look on Your beloved ones, and give blessings according to our necessities. We cannot pray for…all, but You can, Great Intercessor, plead for each one, and get for each one of us the blessing wanted.

Are we depressed? Give us stronger faith. Have we become worldly? Pardon this great offense and lead us more into spiritual things. Have we become joyous, but have forgotten the Source of Joy? Lord, sweeten and savor that joy with the sweet perfume of Your own presence.

Have we to preach, and do we feel weak? Oh! be our strength. Are we engaged in the Sundayschool, and have we seen little success? Lord, teach us how to teach; give us our boys and girls to be our spiritual reward.

Are we sickly? Have we those that vex us because they are unholy and ungodly? This, indeed, is a terrible trial to many; Lord, help them, both in their personal sickness and in this great spiritual trouble.

Have we dear ones whom we love with all our hearts, who pine before our eyes? Lord, have pity upon them and restore them, and give them patience to bear pain; and give us resignation to Your will in this matter.

Whatever the trial of Your servants, make a way of escape that we may be able to bear it. Our great concern, however, is to grow in grace and to become like our Master. We struggle and we struggle, but how small our progress! Lord, help us in any matter in which we have felt defeated.

If we have been betrayed through want of watchfulness, Lord forgive and help another time. If any of Your servants have lost the brightness of their evidence, give them to come to Christ as sinners if they cannot come as saints.

And if through Satan’s temptation any are sorely put to it even to keep their feet, hold them up; and if any have fallen, help them to say, “Rejoice not against me, O, mine enemy; when I fall I shall arise.”

Now look in great mercy upon those who are unconverted; Lord save them. Some are quite careless; Lord, they are dead; come and quicken them. We cannot see, but You can. Oh! that some of the most remorseless and hardened might be softened by the touch of Your Spirit this very day; and may others who are not careless, but who are even seeking after eternal life, but who are going the wrong way to work, may they be shown their error, may they be led in the way by You, may they look, and, looking, live.

We know how many of them are wanting to be this and that before they take Christ to be all in all; may they cease their seeking by finding everything in Christ.

As You are a prayer-hearing God, and a God of pardon, issue many a pardon from Your heavenly court today, sealed with the Redeemer’s blood, signed with the Father’s name. Oh! today, Lord, ere men grow old in sin, ere they die in their sins, save them with an everlasting salvation…..

Remember all people, especially the poor, the widows and the fatherless, and any that are depressed in spirit, whose depression tends to the failure of reason; the Lord restore them, and such as are dying.

O Lord, let them not die without hope, and may Your believing people learn to pass away without even tasting the bitterness of death. May they enter into rest, each one walking in his own uprightness.

Save this age from its own intellectual pride; give back the spirit of simple faith in Christ, for we desire His glory.

“For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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