Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; there teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!
We sang this at church yesterday, and I had to just stop and ponder the words for several moments. This would be an excellent prayer to use during personal devotions! In fact, can I suggest something? Print it off and pray through it the next time you meet with God alone. Pray it phrase by phrase, really meditating on the words and the plea behind the words. Pray it to the Holy Spirit, that precious gift that God endows us with at the moment of salvation. Pray it to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who redeemed us at the cross and intercedes for us at God’s right hand. Pray it to God the Father, who created us and has commanded our total devotion, the love of our entire being.
Pray it from your heart. Pray it with your heart! Pray it with your mind and your will and your emotions… with your whole being. Pray it!
(Spirit of God, by George Croly)