Elder's Prayer - September 2, 2018
Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday.
O God of Grace,
You have imputed our sins, transgressions, and iniquities upon the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) who was our substitute and have imputed His righteousness to our soul (Romans 5), clothing us with a bridegroom's robe, decking us with jewels of holiness (Isaiah 61:10).
But in our Christian walk, we are still in rags; we are pathetic; we think we get it, but we really don’t comprehend the full extent of your righteousness.
Our best prayers are stained with sin; our repentant tears are so much impurity; our confessions of wrong, are so full of self; Selfishness dominates every area of our lives. Please forgive us.
We need to repent of our repentance; we need even our tears to be washed by the blood of the Lamb.
We have no robe to cover our sins with, no loom to weave our own righteousness; we are always standing clothed in filthy garments, and by grace, we are always receiving a change of raiment, for you always justify the ungodly, even when we are most undeserving; Thank you.
We are always going into the far country, and always returning home as a prodigal, always saying, “Father, forgive me,” and you always bring forth the best robe.
Every morning, please let us wear this best robe of righteousness, every evening return in it, go out to the day's work in it, be married in it, be wound in death in it, stand before the great white throne in it, enter heaven in it shining as the sun.
Please grant us that we may never lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the exceeding righteousness of salvation, the exceeding glory of Christ, the exceeding beauty of holiness, the exceeding wonder of grace.
We pray this in the ever-sufficient name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.