Posted by: ritagone | October 25, 2017

A Puritan Prayer

This is a prayer I read in a book “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.”  I find that other peoples’ prayers are often helpful to my own prayer life, as you can tell by the number of times I have used someone like Peter Marshall’s prayers this year as I have read through his prayers to and for the Senate of the U.S.  Other peoples’ prayers loosen up my own thoughts and feelings so that I can direct what I want to say to God.  I hope this helps you do the same.  I was going to write something profound on my own this morning, but I had a blitzing migraine yesterday and was laid up all day.  I promise that next week I’ll be back with an original thought!!!  But meanwhile, this is better than just “making do.”  Enjoy and savor it.

 

When thou wouldst guide me I control myself,

When thou wouldst be sovereign I rule myself.

When thou wouldst take care of me I suffice myself.

When I should depend on thy providings I supply myself,

When I should submit to thy providence I follow my will,

When I should study, love, honour, trust thee, I serve myself;

I fault and correct thy laws to suit myself,

Instead of thee I look to man’s approbation, and am by nature an idolater.

Lord, it is my chief design to bring my heart back to thee.

Convince me that I cannot be my own god, or make myself happy,

Nor my own Christ to restore my joy, nor my own Spirit to teach, guide, rule me.

Help me to see that grace does this by providential affliction, for when my credit is god thou                 dost cast me lower, when riches are my idol thou dost wing them away, when pleasure is my all thou dost turn it into bitterness.

Take away my roving eye, curious ear, greedy appetite, lustful heart;

Show me that none of these things can heal a wounded conscience, or

Support a tottering frame, or uphold a departing spirit.

Then take me to the cross and leave me there.

 

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