Heartfelt Prayers: A Disciple’s Renewal


A Disciple’s Renewal:

                            help me.
I am so slow to learn, so prone to forget, so weak to climb;
I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights;
I am pained by my graceless heart,
                            my prayerless days,
                            my poverty of love,
                            my sloth in the heavenly race, my sullied conscience,
                            my wasted hours,
                            my unspent opportunities.
I am blind while light shines around me:
            take the scales from my eyes,
            grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief.
Make it my chiefest joy to study thee,
                                              meditate on thee,
                                              gaze on thee,
                                              sit like Mary at thy feet,
                                              lean like John on thy breast,
                                              appeal like Peter to thy love,
                                              count like Paul all things dung.
Give me increase and progress in grace so that there may be

                            more decision in my character,
                            more vigor in my purposes,
                            more elevation in my life,
                            more fervour in my devotion,
                            more constancy in my zeal.
As I have a position in the world,
            keep me from making the world my position;
May I never seek in the creature
            what can be found only in the creator;
Let not faith cease from seeking thee until it vanishes into sight.
Ride forth in me, thou king of kings and lord of lords,
            that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain my end.

— From The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers


Behold — Where are the eyes of your heart drawn into this prayer?
Believe — How is your faith strengthened in this prayer?
Belong — Who are you recalling as you pray this prayer?
Become — What is God inviting you to receive and thereby become as you pray this prayer?


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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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