New Year: A Puritan Prayer
Figured there was no better way to start 2016 - & pick up the blog after 350+ days - with a prayer. A group of 16th & 17th Century followers of Jesus called the Puritans wrote, among other things, moving & thoughtful prayers. They have provoked worship & prayer for many throughout the ages, for many.
The last half of this prayer closed out The City Church’s first gathering of 2016; I thought I would share the whole text here. Happy New Year!
O LORD, length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise;
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters
of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.
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