Praying About Prayer

I’ve been reading in various places about how difficult prayer is for the vast majority of Christians. The possible irony (and by that I don’t mean humor) is that we can forget to pray about prayer. Whether it’s praying about wanting to pray, or praying more, or our experience of praying becoming more and more like the one below–which is what spurred me on to write this post–as the person who wrote this models in the last line, this is something that God is very willing to help us with.

In prayer I see myself as nothing;
I find my heart going after You with intensity,
and long with vehement thirst to live to You.
Blessed be the strong gales of the Spirit
that speed me on my way to the New Jerusalem.

In prayer all things here below vanish,
and nothing seems important
but holiness of heart and the salvation of others.

In prayer all my worldly cares, fears, anxieties disappear,
and are of as little significance as a puff of wind.

In prayer my soul inwardly exults with lively thoughts at what You are doing for Your church,
and I long that You should get Yourself a great name from sinners returning to Zion.

In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys;
entering into the eternal world
I can give myself to You with all my heart,
to be Yours for ever.

In prayer I can place all my concerns in Your hands,
to be entirely at Your disposal,
having no will or interest of my own.

In prayer I can intercede for my friends, ministers, sinners, the church, Your kingdom to come,
with greatest freedom, ardent hopes,
as a son to his father,
as a lover to the beloved.

Help me to be all prayer
and never to cease praying.

This is a portion of a prayer found in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.

This isn’t something to feel guilty about, but to aspire to through the Holy Spirit, asking him for zeal, discipline, and affection.

Puritans Praying

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