O Lord God,You are my protecting arm,    fortress, refuge, shield, my buckler. Fight for me and my foes must flee; Uphold me and I cannot fall; Strengthen me and I stand unmoved, unmovable; Equip me and I shall receive no wound; Stand  by me and Satan will depart; Anoint my lips with a song of Salvation     and I shall shout your victory. Give me abhorrence of all evil,     as a vile monster that defies your law, that casts off your yoke, defiles my nature, and spreads misery. Teach me to look to Jesus on his cross     and so to know sin's loathsomeness in your sight. There is no pardon but through your Son's death,     no cleansing but in his precious blood,     no atonement but his to pay for evil. Show me the shame, the agony, the bruises of incarnate God,     that I may read boundless guilt in the boundless price. May I discern the viper in its real malignity,    tear at it with holy indignation from my chest,     resolutely turn from its every snare,     refuse to hold polluting alliance with it. Blessed Lord Jesus, at your cross     may I be taught the awful miseries from which I am saved,     ponder what the word "lost" really  implies,     see the fires of eternal destruction; Then may I cling more closely to your body broken for me,     adhere to you with firmer faith,     be devoted to you with my total being,     detest sin as strongly as your love for me is strong, And may holiness be the atmosphere in  which I live,     to know you deeper Father,     to breathe in the life of you O Holy Spirit,     and to live all my days of eternity for your pleasure dear Jesus, All to you my God I live.     Amen.

Inspired and adapted from 'Conflict', Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.

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