A Puritan Prayer

I just read this today.  Sometimes its good to meditate on the words and prayers of others, of those whose heads are filled with Scripture, whose hearts are warmed by God’s Spirit.

Revive deep spirituality in my heart; let me live near to the great
shepherd, hear his voice, know its tones, follow its calls.

Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth, from harm
by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit.

Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities, burning into me by
experience the things I know;

Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel, that I may bear its
reproach, vindicate it, see Jesus as its essence, know in it the power of the

Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my
confidence, sin makes me forget thee.

Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; grant me to
know that I truly live only when I live to thee, that all else is trifling.

Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy.

Abide in me, gracious God.

Taken from The Valley of Vision, p. 129


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