Puritan Prayer: Christ Alone

This is the second half of a Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision. I especially like the first paragraph.

I’ve always liked study and discipline and being confident in what I believe. I love worshipping God in all of those ways (spiritual disciplines) and in meditating on Him. The daily care of it has always been a big concern. Sundays and ‘quiet times’ (and a Puritan prayer on Sundays nights) are for worshipping with others and for concentrated prayer and time in Scripture, being but a part of our lives lived before God.

I like how he says “to seek and know his will from love, to hold it in love”. Lately, I’ve been seeing God’s will as mainly something to submit to. I suppose with a lot of hardship, this is easy to fall into. I’ve been trying to see it more as “good, pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). Not that it’s either or; not that it’s only those two ways of looking at it. To hold it in love is a little different way of seeing it for me, and I’m not sure if I’m able to completely embrace it that way yet with the losses I’ve had, even as God has grown me so much closer to him.

Christ Alone (second half)
Let me study and stand for discipline,
and all the ways of worship,
out of love for Christ;
and to show my thankfulness;
to seek and know his will from love,
to hold it in love,
and daily to care for and keep this state of heart.

Thou hast led me to place all my nature and happiness
in oneness with Christ,
in having heart and mind centred only on him,
in being like him in communicating good to others;

This is my heaven on earth,
but I need the force, energy, impulses of thy Spirit
to carry me on the way to my Jerusalem.

Here, it is my duty
to be as Christ in this world,
to do what he would do,
to live as he would live,
to walk in love and meekness;
then would he be known,
then would I have peace in death.

2 Responses to “Puritan Prayer: Christ Alone”

  1. 1 Peter Schmidt

    Not exactly related, but…

    In our bible study looking at the attributes of God, we came to understand that each attribute manifested by God is completely present in His character and person, without diminishing any other attribute.

    This principle can also be applied to God and His will and His love. There is nothing God can do, or any part of His will accomplished, except that His infinite love be a part of it. No matter how we perceive God’s will, His love is never diminished.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I’m glad that God doesn’t take our impatience and complaints into account when it comes to His will. I pray that my perception of God’s will gradually will come closer to the perfectly loving intention He has for it.

    Thanks for the comment.

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