Slowly and deliberately pray this prayer to the God “who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy…”(Jude 1:24):
Creator, Upholder, Proprietor of all things, I cannot escape from your presence or control, nor do I desire to do so.
My privilege is to be under the agency of omnipotence, righteousness, wisdom, patience, mercy, grace.
You are love with more than parental affection; I admire your heart, adore your wisdom, stand in awe of your power, abase myself before your purity.
It is the discovery of your goodness alone that can banish my fear, allure me into your presence, help me to bewail and confess my sins.
When I review my past guilt and am conscious of my present unworthiness I tremble to come to you, I whose foundation is in the dust, I who have condemned your goodness, defied your power, trampled upon your love, rendered myself worthy of eternal death.
But my recovery cannot spring from any cause in me, I can destroy but cannot save myself.
Yet you have laid help on One that is mighty, for there is mercy with you, and exceeding riches in your kindness through Jesus.
May I always feel my need of him.
Let your restored joy be my strength; may it keep me from lusting after the world, bear up heart and mind in loss of comforts, enliven me in the valley of death, work in me the image of the heavenly, and give me to enjoy the first fruits of spirituality, such as angels and departed saints know. (The Valley of Vision, page 106-107)