Longings After God – A Puritan Prayer

This is part of a prayer that I especially like from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers. I try to read/pray at least one a week on Sundays. They help fill in gaps in my own praying and give me ideas. These have also been very helpful when very stressed and needing to just read a prayer.

My soul longs for communion with thee,
for mortification of indwelling corruption,
especially spiritual pride.

How precious it is to have a tender sense
and clear apprehension of the mystery
of godliness,
of true holiness!

What a blessedness to be like thee
as much as it is possible for a creature
to be like its Creator!

Lord, give me more of thy likeness;
Enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness;
Engage me to live more for thee.

Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences,
and when I feel at ease after sweet communings,
teach me it is far too little I know and do. […]

Wrap my life in divine love,
and keep me ever desiring thee,
always humble and resigned to thy will,
more fixed on thyself,
that I may be more fitted for doing and suffering.

The Valley of Vision

Also see:
Why You Should Read the Puritans – Meet the Puritans – I won’t tell you what you should do, but there’s a good explanation of who the Puritans were if you scroll down to Definition of Puritanism.

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