Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In Prayer


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 my 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 art 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 taste heavenly joys;
entering into the eternal 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.

From "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotion" edited by Arthur Bennett

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