Rest in God

O God, most high, most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

I come to Thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to Thee, every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood; 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 Spirit.

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: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett. Reformatted by Eternal Life Ministries

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A Prayer For The Weary

O God, most high, most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

I come to Thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to Thee, every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood; 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 Spirit.

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: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett. Reformatted by Eternal Life Ministries.

A Present Salvation

 

Author of all existence, source of all
blessedness,
I adore thee for making me capable of knowing thee,
for giving me reason and conscience,
for leading me to desire thee,
I praise thee for the revelation of thyself in
the gospel,
for thy heart as a dwelling place of pity,
for thy thoughts of peace towards me,
for thy patience and thy graciousness,
for the vastness of thy mercy.
Thou hast moved my conscience to know how
the guilty can be pardoned,
the unholy sanctified,
the poor enriched.
May I be always amongst those who not only
hear but know thee,
who walk with and rejoice in thee,
who take thee at thy word and find life there
Keep me always longing
for your present salvation in Holy Spirit comforts
and rejoicings,
for spiritual graces and blessings,
for help to value my duties as well as my privileges.
May I cherish simplicity and godly sincerity of character.
Help me to be reality before thee
as in appearance I am before men,
to be religious before I profess religion,
to leave the world before I enter the church,
to set my affections on things above,
to shun forbidden follies and vanities,
to be dispenser as well as a partaker of grace,
to be prepared to bear evil as well as to do good.
O GOD, make me worthy of this calling,
that the name of Jesus may be glorified i n me
and I in him.

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Need of Grace

O LORD,

Thou knowest my great unfitness for service,
My present deadness,
my inability to do anything for thy glory,
my distressing coldness of heart.
I am weak, ignorant, unprofitable,
and loathe and abhor myself.
I am at a loss to know what thou wouldest
have me do,
for I feel amazingly deserted by thee,
and sense thy presence so little;
Thou makest me possess the sins of my youth,
so that I feel all sin,
I cannot think or act but every motion is sin.
Return again with showers of converting grace
to a poor gospel-abusing sinner.
Help my soul to breathe after holiness,
after a constant devotedness to thee,
after growth in grace more abundantly every day.
O Lord, I am lost in the pursuit of this blessedness,
And am ready to sink because I fall short
of my desire;
Help me to hold out a little longer,
until the happy hour of deliverance comes,
for I cannot lift my soul to thee
if thou of thy goodness bring me not nigh.
Help me to be different, watchful, tender, lest I offend my blessed Friend
in thought and behaviour;
I confide in thee and lean upon thee,
and need thee at all times to assist and lead me.
O that all my distress and apprehensions
might prove but Christ’s school
to make me fit for greater service
by teaching me the great lesson of humility.

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Prayer for Life University Leaders

Valley of Vision Puritan Prayers

God’s Cause

Thy cause, not my own, engages my heart,
    and I appeal to thee with greatest freedom
   to set up thy kingdom in every place
   where Satan reigns;
Glorify thyself and I shall rejoice,
    for to bring honour to thy name is my sole desire.
I adore thee that thou art God,
   and long that others should know it, feel it,
      and rejoice in it.
O that all men might love and praise thee,
    that thou mightest have all the glory
      from the intelligent world!
Let sinners be brought to thee for thy dear name!
To the eye of reason everything respecting
     the conversion of others is as dark as midnight,
But thou cast accomplish great things;
     the cause is thine,
     and it is to thy glory that men should be saved.
Lord, use me as thou wilt,
     do with me what thou wilt;
     but, O promote thy cause,
   let thy kingdom come,
   let thy blessed interest be advanced in this world!
O do thou bring in great numbers to Jesus!
     let me see that glorious day,
     and give me to grasp for multitudes of souls;
     let me be willing to die to that end;
     and while I live let me labour for thee
       to the utmost of my strength,
       spending time profitably in this work,
       both in health and in weakness.
It is thy cause and kingdom I long for,
    not my own.

O, answer thou my request!

Self-Deprecation – A Puritan Prayers

Brian Wyatt

Sometimes I wonder, do we think way too highly of ourselves?  I think yes. In this prayer the Puritan writer is praying a prayer of deprecation, which basically means to lower in value, belittle or depreciate.  The thing is we really are broke and low in value, that is, in our natural state. (Un-saved state)

In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus tells us the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, at the end he says the following of the tax collector “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. (The Pharisee) For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

So I say, humble yourself and draw near to God. It is my prayer, that as you do, as James 4:8  says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

As you read the following, read it in a broken and contrite spirit because the Psalmist says, “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

O Lord,
My every sense, member, faculty, affection is a snare to me,
I can scarce open my eyes but I envy those above me, or despise those below.
I covet honour and riches of the mighty,
and am proud and unmerciful to the rags of others;
If I behold beauty it is a bait to lust, or to see deformity, it stirs up loathing and disdain;
How soon do slanders, vain jests, and wanton speeches creep into my heart!
Am I comely? what fuel for pride!
Am I deformed? what an occasion for repining!
Am I gifted? I lust after applause!
Am I unlearned? how I despise what I have not!
Am I in authority? how prone to abuse my trust, make my will my law, exclude others’ enjoyments, serve my own interests and policy!
Am I inferior? how much I grudge others’ pre-eminence!
Am I rich? how exalted I become!
Though knowest that all these are snares by my corruptions,
and that my greatest snare is myself.
I bewail that my apprehensions are dull,
my thoughts mean,
my affections stupid,
my expressions low,
my life unbeseeming;
Yet what canst though expect of dust but levity, of corruption but defilement?
Keep me ever mindful of my natural state,
but let me not forget my heavenly title,
or the grace that can deal with every sin.

The Valley of Vision is a selection of petitions and meditations in the Puritan tradition. This compilation of prayers is intended to teach and encourage Christians to be faithful in their private and family worship. If you’re interested you can find it at:
http://www.monergismbooks.com/The-Valley-of-Vision-Leather-p-16293.html

Divine Mercies – Puritan Prayers

Divine Mercies

               Thine is surpassing greatness, unspeakable goodness, super-abundant grace;
                I can as soon count the sands of ocean’s ‘lip’ as number thy favours towards me;
                                                          (Eph 2:4-5) (Psalm 30:5)

I know but a part, but that part exceeds all praise. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
I thank thee for personal mercies,
a measure of health, preservation of body,
comforts of house and home, sufficiency of food and clothing,
continuance of mental powers, my family, their mutual help and support,
the delights of domestic harmony and peace,the seats now filled that might have been vacant,
my country, church, Bible, faith. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

But, O, how I mourn my sin, ingratitude, vileness,
the days that add to my guilt,
the scenes that witness my offending tongue;
All things in heaven, earth, around, within, without, condemn me –
the sun which sees my misdeeds,
the darkness which is light to thee. (Psalm 38:1-17)

the cruel accuser who charges me,
the good angels who have been provoked to leave me,
thy countenance which scans my secret sins.
thy righteous law, thy holy Word,
my sin-soiled conscience, my private and public life,
my neighbors, myself–all write dark things against me. (Romans 2:12-16)

I deny them not, frame no excuse, but confess,
‘Father, I have sinned’; (Psalm 51:3)
Yet still I live, and fly repenting to thy outstretched arms; (2 Corinthians 7:10)
thou wilt not cast me off, for Jesus brings me near,
thou  wilt not condemn me, for he died in my stead,(Isaiah 53)
thou wilt not mark my mountains of sin,
for he leveled all, and his beauty covers my deformities.
O my God, I bid farewell to sin by clinging to his cross,
Hiding in his wounds, and sheltering in his side. (Psalm 61:3)

The Scripture references have been addedby me (Brian Wyatt) during my studies and are far from exhaustive.

 The Valley of Vision is a selection of petitions and meditations in the Puritan tradition. This compilation of prayers is intended to teach and encourage Christians to be faithful in their private and family worship. If you’re interested you can find it at http://www.monergismbooks.com/The-Valley-of-Vision-Leather-p-16293.html
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