Partial Puritan Prayer

I try to remember to read at least one Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision every Sunday. I’d rather not post a whole prayer, otherwise people could collect them from all over the internet. Here is yet another one that I really like.

Lord God Almighty,
I ask not to be enrolled amongst
the earthly great and rich,
but to be numbered with the spiritually blessed.

Make it my present, supreme, persevering concern to obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature,
eternal in their continuance,
satisfying in their possession.

Preserve me from a false estimate of the whole or a part of my character;
May I pay regard to my principles
as well as my conduct,
my motives as well as my actions.

Help me never to mistake the excitement of my passions
for the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
never to judge my religion
by occasional impressions and impulses,
but by my constant and prevailing disposition.

–From the first half of the prayer “True Religion”

I especially like the last part, which is a message that was important then, and I think even more so in our Christian culture today. I have a post coming up on God’s guidance which is a little along those lines.

God’s grace and peace be with you. Thanks for reading.

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