A friend and I were exchanging thoughts about a “word for the year.” She shared the phrase “deeper still” and it resonated with me. Today, I found this prayer in The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan prayers. It expresses well what I would like to be more true of me in this year.
Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach;
Help me chastely to flee it, and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Thine alone,
Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in Thee, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being.
Give me a deeper knowledge of Thyself as Savior, Master, Lord and King.
Give me a deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Thy Word, more steadfast grip on its truth.
Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from Thee.
Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in me, thy beauty golden like summer harvest, thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty….
Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.¹
What are you asking God for this year?