Sometimes it is so hard to pray. Sometimes you attempt to close your eyes and direct all your thoughts and energy towards your Heavenly Father, yet your mind wanders around and fixes itself on images of your past sins and failures. There Satan comes to terrify you with guilt and shame, and the thought of “what if people knew…”. In those difficult moments, some of us are tempted to keep away from God, instead of running towards Him for consolation and hope. We don’t come to Him in Jesus who has cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness which stood before us and condemned us. He nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2: 14)
One of the most beautiful hymns that has been ever written for the soul in despair is “Rock of Ages“. If you are being attacked by the Enemy of your soul, or in pure desperation for God, here’s a hymn that has soothed my soul so many times. If you’re feeling restless, this is a good resource that you can use to cry out to God by reading it out loud as a prayer.
Here are the lyrics (emphasis mine):
1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee; let the water and the blood, from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure; save from wrath and make me pure. 2. Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law's commands; could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone. 3. Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die. 4. While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see thee on thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.