"When Thou wouldst guide me I control myself
When thou wouldst be sovereign I rule myself
When thou wouldst take care of me I suffice myself
When I should depend on thy providing I supply myself
When I should submit to thy providence I follow my will
When I should study, love, honour, trust thee, I serve myself;
I fault and correct thy laws to suit myself,
Instead of thee I look to man's approbation,
And am by nature an idolater.
Lord, it is my chief design to bring my heart back to thee.
Convince me that I cannot be my own god, or make myself happy,
Nor my own Christ to restore my joy,
Nor my own Spirit to teach, guide, rule me.
Help me to see that grace does this by providential affliction,
For when my credit is god thou dost cast me lower,
When riches are my idol thou dost wing them away,
When pleasure is my all thou dost turn it into bitterness.
Take away my roving eye, curious ear, greedy appetite, lustful heart;
Show me that none of these things
Can heal a wounded conscience,
Or support a tottering frame,
Or uphold a departing spirit.
Then take me to the cross and leave me there."
Arthur Bennett, ed., "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975),91 -- taken from "The Owner's Manual for Christians" by Charles Swindoll", 2009, p119.
Charles Swindoll's book is excellent, refreshing, and cleansing. I highly recommend it to anyone…even non-Christians.
Holiness and purity are the rarest of things and wonderful to behold. You feel cleaner just reading this book. Truly a blessing.