We meekly knock at mercy's gate
Law, "Family Prayers")
"All of us have become like
something unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; all
of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the
wind!" Isaiah 64:6
Holy Father, Almighty God,
We feel our weakness, our ignorance, our deep corruptions. We meekly knock at mercy's gate. Regard
us in tender love—for Jesus' sake. Bend down Your ear—and grant Your
We are blind—be our light.
We are ignorant—be our wisdom.
We are steeped in selfishness—pluck all SELF out of
In the deep sense of our guilt—we fly for refuge
into the wounded side of Jesus! Be
merciful, be merciful unto us—whose only hope is in Your unfailing
Our sins rise higher than the heavens—but Your merits in our behalf
surpass the very heaven of heavens!
Our unrighteousness would weigh us down to hell—but Your glorious
righteousness exalts us to Your heavenly throne!
All things in us call for our damnation—but all
things in You demand our forgiveness.
We appeal, then, from Your throne of perfect justice—to Your
throne of boundless grace!
Blessed Jesus, we hide ourselves in the sure covert of Your
Grant us to hear Your voice assuring us: that by Your stripes we
are healed; that You have been bruised for our iniquities; that You
have been made sin for us—that we might have Your divine
righteousness; and that all our vile and grievous iniquities, are
forgiven and buried in the ocean of Your sin-concealing blood!
We are guilty—yet pardoned!
We are lost in ourselves—yet fully saved in You!
Enable us to cling firmly to Your cross—even as we now seek safety and
repose beneath its sin-atoning shelter!
Let floods of sustaining grace from Your inexhaustible treasury, enrich our poor and weary souls.
If the enemy approaches, quicken our steps to flee into the wounds
as our sure refuge! Sheltered in the ark of safety, may we
tremble at all alarms. May the good Shepherd lead us this day into the
green pastures of His refreshing Word, and cause us to lie down beside
the rivers of His divine comforts.
These prayers we humbly offer in the name of Jesus Christ, and trusting
only in His saving merits. Amen.