A Puritan Prayer

March 15, 2011 at 8:02 Leave a comment

Puritan’s believed you can perfect your souls with help of the Holy Spirit that is why they were so concerned about their sins.  This prayer comes the book called The Valley of Vision.  When we are humble we see things as they are. Today, I rarely see my sins so ask Pa Pa, to show my sins to me and he does.  Find the gospel in this prayer.

Thou eternal God, Thine is surprissing, unspeakable goodness, super-abundant grace; I can soon count the abundant sands of the ocean’s ‘lip’ as numbers of thy favours towards me; I know but part, but that exceeds all praise.  I thank you for personal mercies, a measure of health, preservation of body, comforts of house and home, the sufficiency of food and clothing, continuance of mental powers, my family their mutual help and support, the delights of domestic harmony and peace, the seat filled that might have been vacant, my country, Church, Bible, and faith.  But, O, I mourn for my sin, ingratitude, vileness, the days that add to my guilt.  The scenes the witness that my offending tongue;  All things in heaven, earth, around, without, condemn me—the sun which sees my misdeeds, the darkness that is light to thee, the good angels have been provoke to leave me, the countenance which scan my secret sins, thy righteous law and thy holy Word, my sin-soiled conscience, my private and public life, my neighbors, myself- all write dark things against me.  I deny them not, frame no accuse, but confess, ‘Father that I have sinned’; Yet still live, and fly repenting to thy outstretched arms; thou wilt not cast me off, for Jesus brings us near, thou wilt not condemn me, for die in my stead, thou wilt not mark my mountain of sin, for he levelled all, and his beauty has covers my deformities.  O my God, I bid farewell to sin by clinging to his cross, hiding in his wounds, and sheltering in his side.

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