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Praying with the Puritans

Praying with the Puritans
by Pastor David

The Valley of Vision is a treasure of Puritan prayers. Reading it has helped instruct me on how to pray, reminded me that God’s Word should inform the words of my prayers, and reprimanded me for praying small and weightless prayers. I highly recommend getting the book and even using it during your regular devotional times, and I think your soul will benefit from reading along with these prayers from the past. Here’s just one example, called “A Present Salvation.”

Creator and Redeemer God,
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 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 a 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 in 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 a 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 in me and I in him.

"A Present Salvation" from The Valley of Vision

 

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