Methodism has a foundational theology of God’s Grace, revealed to us in the undivided forms of Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying Grace. Prevenient Grace is defined in the United Methodist Book of Worship, 2008 edition, as follows:
“We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses. This grace prompts our first wish to please God, our first glimmer of understanding concerning God’s will, and our ‘first slight transient conviction’ of having sinned against God. God’s grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith.”
This prayer, in unorthodox form, is from The Catholic Prayer Book, and written by Judah Halebi.
Lord, where shall I find you?
High and hidden is your place.
And where shall I not find you?
The world is full of your glory.
I have sought your nearness,
With all my heart I called you
and in going out to meet you
I found you coming in to meet me.
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