Puritan Prayer

December 18, 2015

Ray Galea

Dear Friends,

Here is a prayer from the puritans that has warmed the hearts of many Christians:

O my Savior, help me.

I am slow to learn, so prone to forget, so weak to climb;

I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights;

I am pained by my graceless heart,
my prayer-less days,
my poverty of love,
my sloth in the heavenly race,
my sullied conscience,
my wasted hours,
my unspent opportunities,

I am blind while light shines around me:
take the scales from my eyes,
grind to dust the evil heart of unbelief.

Make it my chief joy to study thee,
meditate on thee,
gaze on thee,
sit like Mary at thy feet,
lean like John on thy breast,
appeal like Peter to thy love,
count like Paul all things dung.

Give me increase and progress in grace so that there may be
more decision in my character,
more vigour in my purposes,
more elevation in my life,
more fervour in my devotion,
more constancy in my zeal.

As I have a position in the world,
keep me from making the world my position;

May I never seek in the creature
what can be found only in the creator;

Let not faith cease from seeking thee until it vanished into sight.

Ride forth in me, thou king of kings, and lord of Lords,
that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain in my end.