Vol I No. 7
Daily Thought

The Lord's Supper

by William J. Martin

Juan_de_Juanes_003Blessed be my God, that again is pleased to call me to thy Reconciliation Feast: and after all my breaches with Him, and all my offences against Him, yet to grant me a new indulgence on this day of the Lord’s Supper; and to seal my pardon afresh in the precious blood of His dear Son, that was shed to take away the sins of the world.

At thy gracious invitation, Lord, I am bold to come, looking for that blessed benefit, which I know myself so unworthy to receive; and that thou mightest justly bar up the doors of mercy against me, and withhold thy saving good from me. But thy mercies, blessed God, are not to the deserving and worthy, but to the miserable and needy. O let me find them, as I need them; according to the riches of thy bounty, and according to the greatness of my necessity.

I have no might for this great work; but I will go forth in thy strength, O Lord my God. Give me, I beseech thee, the dispositions, which thou requires: and work in me, what thou callest from me. O let me find thy hand upon me, thy help with me, and thy grace sufficient for me.

Benjamin Jenks: Prayers and Offices of Devotion; 1799.