From the Author of Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace has become our national hymn, though I await a movement to remove the words “saved a wretch like me” and, my favorite line, “twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fear relieved.”

However, when I read these words from another less well known hymn by the same author, John Newton, I wanted to post them for the benefit of others, while at the same time, have them on my blog for my own reflection.

When we pray for grace and faith, it hardly occurs to us the way God answers our prayers. I find myself really praying for quite the opposite.

Yet considering this hymn corrects my endless attempts to reforge God into an image more preferable to my more immediate desires nit realizing my propensity to spiritual suicide.

Thank you God for not giving me over to what I so often want and am assured is in my best interest.

I Asked The Lord

1. I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace
Might more of His sal va tion know
And seek more earnest ly His face

2. Twas He who taught me thus to pray
And He I trust has answered prayer
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair

3. I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s con strain ing power
Sub due my sins and give me rest

4. Instead of this He made me feel
The hid den evils of my heart
And let the angry pow ers of Hell
Assault my soul in every part

5. Yea more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggra vate my woe
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Cast out my feel ings, laid me low

6. Lord why is this, I trem bling cried
Wilt Thou pur sue thy worm to death?
“Tis in this way” The Lord replied
“I answer prayer for grace and faith”

7. “These inward tri als I employ
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earth ly joy
That thou mayest seek thy all in me,
That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”

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