Puritan Prayers

This is my official 50th post. Woohoo!!!

Ok, I’m over it, There is a this book I’ve been reading called, “The Valley of Vision” and it is a collection of Puritan Prayers. I’m pretty sure I will be reading this book for the rest of my life 🙂 Not because I’m a slow reader, but this book is SOOOO good. The prayers written this book are so meaningful and very often express in the most eloquent words what I’m trying to express. Thankfully we have the Holy Spirit that speaks for us with groanings that cannot be uttered, but the words these guys use really “paint the picture” so much more vividly.

It would be hard for me to narrow down one prayer which I love so I’ll write one of them which i just read recently… I hope it is a blessing to you and a challenge as it was to me.

God and Myself

Lord God Almighty,
They understanding is unsearchable and infinite,
Thy arm cannot be stayed,
Thy agency extends through limitless space,
All works hand on thy care,
With thee time is a present now.

Holy is thy wisdom, power, mercy, ways, works.
How can I stand before thee
withmy numberless and aggravated offenses?
I have often loved darkness,
observed lying vanities,
forsake thy given mercies,
trampled underfoot thy beloved Son,
mocked thy providences,
flattered thee with my lips,
broken thy covenant.
It is of thy compassion that I am not consumed.

Lead me to repentance, and save me from despair;
Let me come to thee renouncing, condemning, loathing myself,
but hoping in the grace that flows even to the chief of sinners.
At the cross may I contemplate the evil of sin, and abhor it,
look on him whom I pierced,
as one slain for me, and by me.
May I never despise his death by fearing its efficacy for my salvation.
And whatever cross I am required to bear,
let me see him carrying a heavier.
Teach me in health to think of sickness,
in the brightest hours to be ready for darkness;
in life prepare me for death.
Thus may my soul rest in thee, O immortal and transcendent one,
revealed as thou art in the Person and work of thy Son,
the friend of sinners.

Isn’t God so good, the Love of God is so amazing!

Enjoy your day and live it for God!
BenH

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