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In Prayer

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Nothing apart from Christ, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. In Prayer

    In prayer I launch far out into the eternal world,
    and on that broad ocean my soul triumphs
    over all the 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 to go after Thee with intensity,
    and long with vehement thirst to live to Thee.
    Blessed be the strong gales of the Spirit
    that speed my way to the New Jerusalem.
    In prayer all things here below vanish,
    and nothing seems important
    but holiness of heart and salvation of others.
    In prayer all my worldly cares, fears, anxieties
    disapear,
    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 shouldst get Thyself a great
    Name from sinners returning to Zion.
    In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life,
    and taste heavbenly joys;
    entering into the eternal world
    I can give myself to Thee with all my heart,
    to be Thine forever.
    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.


    In Jesus' Name

    The Valley of Vision
    Puritan Prayers
     
  2. Longings After God

    My Dear Lord,

    I can tell You but Thou knowest
    I long for nothing but Thyself,
    nothing but holiness,
    nothing but union with Thy Will.

    Thou hast given me these desires,
    and Thou alone canst give me the thing desired.

    My soul longs for communion with Thee,
    for mortification of indwelling corruption,
    especially spiritual pride.

    How precious it is
    to have a tender sense and clear apprehension
    of the mystery of godliness,
    of true holiness!

    What a blessedness to be like Thee
    as much as it is possible for a creature
    to be like its Creator!

    Lord, give me more of Thy likeness;
    Enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness;
    Engage me to live more for Thee.
    Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences,
    and when I feel at ease after sweet communings,
    teach me it is far too little I know and do.

    Blessed Lord,
    let me climb up near to Thee,
    and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with Thee,
    and pant for deliverance from this body of sin,
    for my heart is wandering and lifeless,
    and my soul mourns to think it should ever
    lose sight of its Beloved.

    Wrap my life in divine love,
    and keep me ever desiring Thee,
    always humble and resigned to Thy Will,
    more fixed on Thyself,
    that I may be more fitted for doing
    and suffering.

    Valley of Vision

    Puritan Prayers - PDFs | Scripture Zealot


    Lord help us in Jesus' Name to be we ought by Your Nuture and not what we are by our own nature, Lord renew us by Your Spirit, strip away everything detestable, from all our sin and idols, Lord tear it from Your Throne and kill it, cast it away from Your servant, O Lord fill us anew with Your Spirit, in Jesus Name, and may we only live for You, for we were created for You, amen.
     
  3. A colloquy on rejoicing

    A COLLOQUY ON REJOICING

    REMEMBER, O MY SOUL,

    It is the privilege and duty to rejoice in God:
    He requires it of thee for all His favours of Grace.
    Rejoice then in the Giver and His Goodness,
    Be happy in Him, O my heart, and in nothing
    but God,
    for whatever a man trusts in,
    from that he expects his happiness.

    He who is the ground of thy faith
    should be the substance of thy joy.
    Whence then comes heaviness and dejection,
    when joy is sown in Thee,
    promised by the Father,
    bestowed by the Son,
    inwrought by the Holy Spirit,
    Thine by Grace,
    Thy birthright in believing?

    Art thou seeking to rejoice in thyself
    from and evil motive of pride and self-reputation?
    Thou hast nothing of thine own but sin,
    nothing to move God to be gracious
    or to continue His Grace towards thee.
    If thou forget this thou will lose thy joy.
    Art thou under a sense of indwelling sin?
    Let godly sorrow work repentance,
    as the true spirit which the Lord blesses,
    and which creates fullest joy;
    Sorrow for self opens rejoicing in God,
    Self-loathing draws down divine delights.
    Hast thou sought joys in some creature comfort?
    Look not below God for happiness;
    fall not asleep in Delilah's lap.
    Let God be all in all to thee,
    and joy in the fountain that is always full.

    The Valley of Vision

    Puritain Prayers

    The Upward Call: A Colloquy on Rejoicing
     

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