In Prayer

26 12 2007

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 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 are 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 tast heavenly joys;
  entering into the world 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.

The Valley of Vision: a Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions  

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26 12 2007
Amy

This was a great one! (well they are all great!) I loved this for giving me a different perspective on prayer. I have been struggling with the question, “Why should I pray when God knows everything anyways and my asking Him isn’t going to change His sovereign plan?”. It’s all about the relationship! Thanks for this great insight!

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