Thursday, December 20, 2007

Prayers from the Puritans

I was blessed to receive a leatherbound edition of The Valley of Vision as an early Christmas gift. This little book is a compilation of prayers from great Puritans of the faith. It is an amazing little book that I plan to use for a lifetime and wholeheartedly recommend to everyone who is sometimes dillusioned with our "selfish prayers." Sometimes I am tired of the way that everyone prays trite prayers that are unbiblical. Whether people pray in a certain habit, using lots of verbal crutches like, "I just pray this," and "we just pray that..." or whether people pray from lack of knowledge of the Bible, we are probably all guilty of praying with impure motives a lot of the time. This is why I find written prayers based on Scripture and written by great people of the Faith to be useful for drawing my focus to Biblical prayer.
Here is a prayer from the book, entitled, "The Gift of Gifts."
O Source of All Good,
What shall I render to thee for the gift of gifts, thine own dear Son, begotten, not created, my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute, His self-emptying incomprehensible, His infinity of love beyond the heart's grasp.
Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above, was born like me that I might become like Him.
Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to Him He draws near on wings of grace, to raise me to Himself.
Herein is power:
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart, He united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and the created.
Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to Him, and no intellect to devise recovery, He came, God-incarnate, to save me to the uttermost, as man to die my death, to shed satisfying blood on my behalf, to work out a perfect righteousness for me.
O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds, and enlarge my mind; let me hear good tidings of great joy, and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose, my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father; place me with ox, ass, camel, and goat, to look with them upon my Redeemer's face, and in Him account myself delivered from sin; let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart, embrace Him with undying faith, exulting that He is mine and I am His. In Him thou hast given me so much that heaven can give no more.

1 comment:

And What Knot............ said...

I am glad to hear that you are enjoying this book! I have had a copy of this book for awhile and have really enjoyed reading through the different prayers. They are very encouraging. A great book to tell others about! Also, I have been meaning to tell you about a book called "Mother at Home" by John Abbot-another great book by a puritan author concerning motherhood.

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