A Sinner’s Prayer
This morning, I read an old Puritan evangelistic tract by David Dickson, written around the middle of the 17th century. I came across this prayer, offered as an example of how someone, under conviction of sin, could plead for mercy from Jesus. Though the gospel is preached in many languages through many centuries, all come to Jesus the same way: pleading for his mercy.
Whereupon let the penitent desiring to believe take with him words, and say heartily to the Lord, “Seeing thou sayest, Seek ye my face; my soul answereth unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. I have hearkened unto the offer of an everlasting covenant of all saving mercies to be had in Christ, and I do heartily embrace thy offer. Lord let it be a bargain; Lord, I believe; help my unbelief: Behold, I give myself to thee, to serve thee in all things for ever; and I hope thy right hand shall save me: the Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.“