The New Man

A Prayer by Dr. Peter Marshall

2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

“I know, Father, that I must come to Thee just as I am. But I also know that I dare not go away just as I came.

Often, I have known failure — failure in the moral realm, failure in edicts, failure in my attitudes, failure in my disposition.

I have confessed all these defeats to Thee, and Thou hast graciously forgiven me. Yet I know, Lord, that merely to forgive me will not suffice. For unless I am changed, I shall do these same things again. At last, I know, Lord, that only Thou canst correct that within me which makes me do wrong.

Where I am blind, Thou must give me sight.

Where I fail to heed Thy voice, Thou wilt have to do something about my deafness.

Even where I deliberately choose to do what I know is wrong. Thou wilt have to do something about my will.

So, Lord, I acknowledge my total dependence upon Thee. Make me over into the person Thou dost want me to be, that

I may yet find that destiny for which Thou didst give me birth. For His help, who is plenteous in mercy, I give Thee my gratitude.”


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