Lord, grant my yearning heart’s desire
That I be filled with fervent zeal,
To save poor sinners from the fire,
To snatch them from the verge of hell,
And turn them to a pard’ning God,
To cleanse their souls in Jesus’ blood.
I would the precious time redeem,
And longer live for this alone,
To spend, and to be spent, for them
Who have not yet my Saviour known;
Fully on these my mission prove,
And only breathe, to breathe Thy love.
My talents, gifts, and graces, Lord,
Into Thy blessed hands receive;
And let me live to preach Thy Word,
And only to Thy glory live;
My ev’ry sacred moment spend
To publish forth the sinners’ Friend.
Enlarge, inflame, and fill my heart
With Thine own boundless love divine!
So shall I all my strength exert,
And love them with a zeal like Thine;
And lead them to Thy open side,
The sheep for whom their Shepherd died.
–Charles Wesley (1707-1788)