Oh Lord, this mercy I humbly beg: that whatever you give me up to, do not give me up to the ways of my own heart. If you will give me up to be afflicted, tempted, or reproached, I will patiently sit down and say, ‘It is the Lord; let him do with me what seems good in his own eyes.’ Do anything with me, Lord, lay what burden you will upon me, but please, do not give me up to the ways of my own heart.
Or, in Augustine’s terse words: A me, me salva Domine! (which means something like “Lord, save me from myself!)
The above quote is rephrased from Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1997) 50.
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