Nearer, Still Nearer

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Since it is uniquely the work and passion of the Holy Spirit, who is “our Sanctifier by living in our hearts” (Belgic Confession, Article 9) and “by the work of the Holy Spirit [God] regenerates us and makes us new creatures, causing us to live new life and freeing us from the slavery of sin” (Belgic Confession, Article 24), we plead for his power to continue this work. The Holy Spirit restores us into God’s image “so that with our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us...” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86). We come to know, therefore, that our growth in holy living will not occur without the Holy Spirit’s ministry.

Additional Prayers

A Prayer for Closeness to Christ in Holy Week
O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. The gospel has seemed remote to me, and even you have seemed remote, a stranger. Soften my heart for the good news, and draw me closer to your sacred heart. Else I am too far, too lost, too removed from your haven of rest. Enfold me, good Lord, and shelter me. Draw me to the shadow of your cross and then to the glory of your resurrection. O Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner, and grant me your peace. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

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