Sunday, March 18, 2007

Here is a puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision.

O LORD,
Help me to approach thee
with becoming conception of thy nature, relations and designs.

Thou inhabitets eternity, and
my life is nothing before thee;

Thou dwellest in the highest heaven and this cannot contain thee;
I live in a house of clay.

Thy power is almighty;
I am crushed before the moth.

Thy understanding is infinite;
I know nothing as I ought to know.

Thou canst not behold evil;
I am vile.

In my ignorance, weakness, fears, depressions,
may thy Spirit help my infirmities
with supplies of wisdom, strength and comfort.

Let me faithfully study my character,
be willing to bring it to light,
observe myself in my trials,
judge the reality and degree of my grace,
consider how I have been ensnared or overcome.

Grant that I may never trust my heart,
depend upon any past experiences,
magnify any present resolutions,
but be strong in the grace of Jesus;
that I may know how to obtain relief from a guilty conscience without feeling reconciled to my imperfections.

Sustain me under my trials and improve them to me;
give me grace to rest in thee,
and assure me of deliverance.

May I always combine thy majesty with they mercy,
and connect thy goodness with they greatness.

Then shall my heart always rejoice in praises to thee.

3 comments:

Mrs. Jamie Butts :) said...

I'm so happy that you have a blog. Post! :)

Mrs. Jamie Butts :) said...

It's great to have you at 3ABC and as neighbors. My blog is www.embraceyourlot.blogspot.com and I hope to visit soon, sweet Samantha!

Mrs. Jamie Butts :) said...

Sorry I asked you a weird question about this being an old blog. For some reason, I had read the dates wrong. Looks like you update often. I'll be checking in from time to time. See you at church! :)