THE PRAYER OF THE DESTITUTE
My land lies fallow; Master, till me!
My heart lies empty; Master, fill me!
It plays the traitor; Master, win me!
It faints, it dies; Put new life in me!
It goes astray; Good Shepherd, lead me!
It sighs for hunger; Come and feed me!
It is so poor; Give riches to me!
It is corrupt; Oh Lord, renew me!
So ignorant; oh, wilt Thou teach me!
Has wandered far; But Thou canst reach me!
Is so diseased; Physician, heal me!
Exposed to danger; Oh, conceal me!
It trembles! In Thine arms, oh, fold me!
Begins to sink! Oh, Saviour, hold me!
Is sinking fast; Lord, look upon me!
Is cold and dark; Oh, shine upon me!
A poor, lost sinner; Come and find me!
A rebel! May Thy love now bind me!
A beggar! Oh, wilt Thou relieve me?
A prodigal! Wilt Thou receive me?
Abackslider! Wilt Thou restore me?
Unholy! May Thy presence awe me!
Unfit to die! Oh, God, prepare me!
So weak! On eagles wings, oh, bear me!
So comfortless! Lord Jesus, cheer me!
So lonely! God of love, draw near me!
By sin accused! Good Lord, acquit me!
Unfit for heaven’s pure service! Fit me!
Unfit for work on earth! But use me!
A suppliant! Do not Thou refuse me!
“Â•WilIiam Grant 1886-1976
William Grant was the Free Presbyterian minister at Halkirk, Scotland 1926-1964. His biography was published in 1978 and the extracts published in this magazine are all taken from that book.