Puritan Prayers

Puritan Prayer

I happened across a tweet from Jim Shaddix this morning in which he quoted from a Kindle book of prayers that were written by Puritans of the past. Here’s the one He quoted.

“May I view all things in the mirror of eternity, waiting for the coming of my Lord, listening for the last trumpet call, hastening unto the new heaven and earth. Order this day all my communications according to Thy wisdom, and to the gain of mutual good. Forbid that I should not be profited or made profitable. May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day.”

I downloaded the ebook (here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003UHVXDI/ref=r_soa_po_i) and here’s a few prayers that impacted me this morning. They struck me because the prayers are requesting the sufficiency of Christ in their lives. Take a look and see what you think:

“When I am afraid of evils to come, comfort me by showing me that in myself I am a dying, condemned wretch, but in Christ I am reconciled and live; that in myself I find insufficiency and no rest, but in Christ there is satisfaction and peace; that in myself I am feeble and unable to do good, but in Christ I have ability to do all things.”

“God of my end, it is my greatest, noblest pleasure to be acquainted with Thee and with my rational, immortal soul; it is sweet and entertaining to look into my being when all my powers and passions are united and engaged in pursuit of Thee, when my soul longs and passionately breathes after conformity to Thee and the full enjoyment of Thee; no hours pass away with so much pleasure as those spent in communion with Thee and with my heart.”

“Thou hast produced and sustained me, supported and indulged me, saved and kept me; Thou art in every situation able to meet my needs and miseries. May I live by Thee, live for Thee, never be satisfied with my Christian progress but as I resemble Christ; and may conformity to His principles, temper, and conduct grow hourly in my life.”

Oh that the drive of my life and my prayers would reflect such a desire to see Christ as my all encompassing sufficiency, regardless of my circumstances.

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