Continual Repentance !!!!!!

02 Oct

I read this prayer in The Valley of Vision, which a book of Puritan Prayers, complied by Arthur Bennett and published by Banner of Truth in 1975. I have read the daily prayers from this book many times because it is a great devotional.

In this prayer I find the phrase, “I need to repent of my repentance” a very challenging thought !


O God of Grace,

You have imputed my sin to my substitute, and have imputed His righteousness to my soul, clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe, decking me with jewels of holiness. But in my Christian walk I am still in rags; my best prayers are stained with sin; my penitential tears are so much impurity; my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin; my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.

I need to repent of my repentance; I need my tears to be washed; I have no robe to bring to cover my sins, no loom to weave my own righteousness; I am always standing clothed in filthy garments, and by grace am always receiving change of raiment, for you always justify the ungodly; I am always going into the far country, and always returning home as a prodigal, always saying, “Father, forgive me,” and you are always bringing forth the best robe.

Every morning let me wear it, 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.

Grant me never to 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.


Something to think about on this beautiful Thursday,

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,



Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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15 responses to “Continual Repentance !!!!!!

  1. Truth2Freedom

    October 2, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Excellent & humbling!


  2. Karen Pickering

    October 2, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Beautifully said. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

    October 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Reblogged this on theunfetteredpreacher and commented:
    Forgiveness. …oh to walk in that knowledge. ..thank you Jesus


  4. Julie Harris

    October 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

    A challenging thought, indeed! Thanks for sharing this beautiful prayer! Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂


    • Levi Thetford

      October 2, 2014 at 8:16 am

      My pleasure! You have a great day too, Julie. 🙂


  5. ropheka

    October 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I think the last stanza pretty much says it all.


  6. Dan Ledwith

    October 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Love The Valley of Vision, great book. I too read from it often. The Deeps is one of my favorites.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. skinnyuz2b

    October 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Lot to think about. I continually try to be a better person, and I feel I’m gradually improving, but there are so many steps backward.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. realchange4u

    October 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    God is good. You have said it all. Thank you Jesus.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. tlsikes

    October 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    That is, a continuing thought for me too. Remarkably accurate, responsibly said. From my mouth, not Amen, but OH-ME!



    October 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm



  11. Sherry Bibb

    October 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Reblogged this on True Riches and commented:
    This is so beautifully and powerfully written. It’s truth at once convicts and comforts my soul. I am so grateful for the wisdom and humility reflected in the writing of believers who have gone before us, and those who have access and share these treasures with us today. Thank you Levi Thetford.


    • Levi Thetford

      October 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you Sherry for the reblog. I do love the old writings very much. Lord bless you!!! 🙂



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