A PRAYER FOR THE GRACE OF PERSEVERANCE

Eternal God, with whom is everlasting strength, You are able to keep us from falling and to perform the good work begun in us, till the day of Jesus Christ. But, Lord, You know how weak and changeable I am, how apt to shrink back or start aside after I have been hopefully set in the way toward heaven; and in what danger I still am of ruining myself, after all the great things You have done for me. O Lord of love, have pity on my infirmities and strengthen me in my weakness. Preserve me, blessed Guardian of Your people, who keeps the feet of Your saints; O preserve me from the danger of apostasy and put Your fear in my heart, that I may not depart from You. Make me so firmly Yours, that nothing which befalls me in the world may ever part You in my soul; and make more resolute for Your service, that nothing which any can say or do may interrupt me in that way of life which is to depart from hell beneath. Let me not be of the number of those who draw back to destruction — but of their happy number who believe to the saving of the soul.

O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand; go on, I pray, to work for the glory of Your name and to perfect that which concerns me. You have been my help; leave me not nor forsake me, O God of my salvation; but hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I will have respect to Your statutes continually. Establish, O Lord; strengthen, settle me, and leave me no will or power to resist the gracious designs and methods of Your love and mercy, for the healing and saving of my soul. And as I, by my frailty, do still renew my sins, gracious Lord, through Your mercy, renew me to repentance; and though I fall, let me not utterly be cast down — but uphold me by Your almighty hand; preserve me to Your heavenly kingdom and keep me by Your power, through faith unto salvation. Lord, make me faithful unto death, that You may give me the crown of life, that blessed end of my faith, even the eternal salvation of my soul, through Jesus Christ, my dear Lord and Savior. Amen.

~ Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky
(A Golden Treasury for the Children of God)

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