Sunday, October 17, 2010

In Prayer

(a weekly sabbath puritan prayer) 


In Prayer

O Lord, in prayer I launch far out into the eternal world, 
and on that broad ocean my soul triumphs over all evils on the shores of mortality.
 Time, with its gay amusements and cruel disappointments
 never appears so inconsiderate as then.

In prayer I see myself as nothing; 
I find my heart going after Thee with intensity,
 and long with vehement thirst to live to Thee.
 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 Thou art doing for Thy church,
 and I long that Thou shouldest get Thyself 
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 Thee with all my heart, 
to be Thine for ever.

In prayer I can place all my concerns in Thy hands, 
to be entirely at Thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own.
In prayer I can intercede for my friends, ministers, sinners, the church,
 Thy 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.

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to thank you so much for always posting these prayers on Sunday...they have blessed me so much, and have inspired me to give praise to God on my blog on Sundays too...I grew up in the Anglican church, where we said prayers together, and these are dear to my heart. I just wanted to thank you for being such a blessing!