Speaking of the privilege of prayer

August 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

I am visiting family, and each morning I am reading a prayer from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers. Here is one [with modernized language], a wonderful reminder of God’s generosity to us.

“Gracious Lord, Your Name is love,
in love receive my prayer.

My sins are more numerous than the wide sea’s sands.
But where sin abounds, there is grace more abundant.
You listen to His never-failing intercession, and You whisper to my heart,
‘Your sins are forgiven, be of good cheer, lie down in peace.’
 
Grace gushes from heaven and flows for ever,
and mercy never becomes tired of giving benefits.
 
Grant me more and more to prize the privilege of prayer,
to come to You as a sin-soiled sinner,
to find pardon in You, to converse with You;
to know You in prayer as
the path in which my feet walks,
the latch upon the door of my lips,
the light that shines through my eyes,
the music in my ears,
the source of my understanding,
the strength of my will,
the power of my affection,
the sweetness of my memory.

May my prayer always be wise and humble,
Submissive and obedient,
Christ-like.
Give me unwavering faith that my requests are never in vain,
that even if it seems I don’t receive what I have asked,
I shall have larger, richer answers, surpassing all that I ask or think.
I know this because without me ever seeking You, You gave me the greatest gift,
the person of Your dear Son,
and in Him You will give me all I need.”

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