A Puritan Prayer

How often do we pray silly prayers? Let this prayer, uttered many years ago, draw us to repentance and remind us to live worthy lives unto the King.

.

[quote cite=”Prayer”]Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word, of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless Thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do Thou rule over me in liberty and power.

I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to Thy rule. I thank Thee for Thy wisdom and Thy love, for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject, for sometimes putting me into the furnace to refine my gold and remove my dross.

No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If Thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction. Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of Thy grace in me, everything that prevents me taking delight in Thee. Then I shall bless Thee, God of jeshurun, for helping me to be upright.[/quote]

.

Hear my prayer, O Lord give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

Psalm 143:1

Here are some related posts

Is Loving Jesus Simple? And Why We Need More Than Emotions Why is it that everyone seems to have a monopoly on Jesus? Everyone wants more than just a piece the “Jesus pie,” they want the whole thing. Everyone thinks they have Jesus figured out. The Muslims claim him as prophet. The Mormons claim him as Ameri...
Sehnsucht – Longing For The Land That Was Lost Across the vast expanses of the mysteries of the ocean, beyond the realms of my feeble modern imagination, lives a lost world, the hidden city of Atlantis. The Greeks wrote of this lost land, forgotten by time, erased from memory, eclipsed by a moder...
How do I stop wanting destructive things? I was once asked a riveting question by a young woman. She was heartbroken by personal failures and mistakes she had made. She confessed her eagerness in making those mistakes, and admitted she strongly desired them, even knowing they were destructiv...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *