The Victor's Prayer

O Lord,
we bless You
that the issue of the battle
between You and Satan
has never been uncertain,
and ends in victory.
Calvary broke the dragon's head,
and we contend with a vanquished foe,
who with all his subtlety and strength
has already been overcome.
When we feel the serpent at our heel
may we remember Him Whose heel was bruised,
but Who, when bruised, broke the devil's head.

Our soul with inward joy extols the mighty conqueror.
Heal us of any wounds received in the great conflict;
if we have gathered defilement,
if our faith has suffered damage,
if our hope is less than bright,
if our love is not fervent,
if some creature-comfort occupies our heart,
if our soul sinks under pressure of the fight.

You Whose every promise is balm, every touch life,
draw near to Your weary warriors, refresh us,
that we may rise again to wage the strife
and never tire until our enemy is trodden down.
Give us such fellowship with You that we may
defy Satan, unbelief, the flesh, the world,
with delight that comes not from a creature,
and which a creature cannot mar.
Give us a draught of the eternal fountain
that lies in Your immutable,
everlasting love and decree.

Then shall our hand never weaken, our feet never stumble,
our sword never rest, our shield never rust,
our helmet never shatter, our breastplate never fall,
as our strength rests in the power of Your might.

In Jesus' name, amen.


No comments: