“What do you want Me to do for you?” Luke 18:41
O Lord, do You ask me also this question? I answer, that I may see how gracious You are; and that, knowing Your love, I may make the warmest and best return. This is the sum and substance of all my desire. You know that of myself I can contribute nothing toward its accomplishment. But, in requiring me to ask, You assure me that You are willing to bestow.
Therefore, faith and love being Your demand, I humbly ask them at Your hands. O grant them to me, that I may exercise them both for the manifestation of Your glory. Since nothing is pleasing to You but what is Your own gift, I trust that You will certainly hear and fulfill this my request. My salvation is not grounded on my own — but on Your and Your Father’s love and counsel. Save me, therefore, by free grace, through Your merits, and let me go on, covered all over with grace and pardon. This is treasure enough, by which my heart can be well satisfied. This is more, infinitely more, than I have merited. It is all that my heart can desire. My prayer this day is, “Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.'”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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