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Reality Check

Thank You, Father, for a very productive day yesterday. My body is protesting some but it was well worth the effort. Please place Your hand upon my shoulder today, I welcome Your guidance and direction. Amen.

Lord, You pulled me to a Puritan prayer today…and it spoke to me. What it had to say wasn’t pretty but it is true too frequently in my life. Thankfully it isn’t as applicable today but it has been very much so…and not that long ago. It is comforting to know that I am not alone, others struggle, too. It is encouraging to know, too, that we can be “more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:31-39

I read through the prayer twice and then prayed through it myself. It is well worth sharing…

YET I SIN

Eternal Father,
Thou art good beyond all thought,
But I am vile, wretched, miserable, blind;
My lips are ready to confess,
     but my heart is slow to feel,
     and my ways reluctant to amend.
I bring my soul to thee;
     break it, wound it, bend it, mould it.
Unmask to me sin’s deformity,
     that I may hate it, abhor it, flee from it.
My faculties have been a weapon of revolt against thee;
     as a rebel I have misused my strength,
     and served the foul adversary of thy kingdom.
Give me grace to bewail my insensate* folly,
Grant me to know that the way of transgressors is hard,
                                      that evil paths are wretched paths,
                                      that to depart from thee is to lose all good.
I have seen the purity and beauty of thy perfect law,
                        the happiness of those in whose heart it reigns,
                        the calm dignity of the walk to which it calls,
                             yet I daily violate and contemn** its precepts.
Thy loving Spirit strives within me,
                                   brings me Scripture warnings,
                                   speaks in startling providences,
                                   allures by secret whispers,
                                        yet I choose devices and desires to my own hurt,
                                             impiously resent, grieve,
                                                  and provoke him to abandon me.

All these sins I mourn,lament, and for them cry pardon.
Work in me more profound and abiding repentance;
Give me the fullness of a godly grief that trembles and fears,
     yet ever trusts and loves,
     which is ever powerful, and ever confident;
Grant that through the tears of repentance I may see more clearly
     the brightness and glories of the saving cross.

Amen…so be it.

Nov 18th, Fri, 6:33 am

A couple of words I had to look up
*insensatewithout sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.
**contemnto treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.

You Are the Rudder

Father, daily I am enjoying the book of Puritan prayers loaned to me by a dear friend. May this portion of today’s reading be my prayer.

Thou hast loved me everlastingly, unchangeably,
               may I love thee as I am loved;
            Thou hast given thyself for me,
               may I give myself to thee;
            Thou hast died for me,
               may I live to thee,
                  in every moment of my time,
                  in every movement of my mind,
                  in every pulse of my heart.
May I never dally with the world and its allurements,
               but walk by thy side,
                  listen to thy voice,
                  be clothed with thy graces,
                  and adorned with thy righteousness.

Lord, oh what a life I would have if I were able to live it this way. Following You is not boring. It is not out of touch with the reality of life. It is not about avoiding contact with the world.

It is living life to its fullest. You are the rudder that keeps the ship of my life headed to the correct port instead of just aimlessly floating about with no direction whatsoever. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all that You do and all that You are. May I stay the course and daily remain at Your side. Amen.

Aug 17th, Wed, 7:23 am

Paradox of Life

Help me get my mind in gear, Father. It’s been running in “low” since getting out of bed. Help me to shift into thoughts of You and what You have for me this day.

James 1:1-4 (<<click here)

My lesson today, Lord, I believe is the upside-down mentality of walking with You. The book of Puritan prayers a dear friend loaned me and this passage has communicated that. A portion of the prayer reads:

Let me find thy light in my darkness,
                        thy life in my death,
                        thy joy in my sorrow,
                        thy grace in my sin,
                        thy riches in my poverty
                        thy glory in my valley.

And then my passage for today reads,

“…when troubles…come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For…when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

The paradox of life with You, Lord, makes no sense to the world. But why follow what the world says makes sense? The world is a mess! I live in it out of necessity but I don’t have to believe how it does. It only yields grief, sorrow, discontent, hatred, strife, and death. All of it is hidden under the glitz and glamor of stuff and shallowness – no thanks!

Following You, though the world deems it odd, yields joy, deep contentment, love, fellowship, and life. Lord, help me to see as You see, to respond as You would respond. May I see life through the filters of Your love.

July 26th, Tue, 6:31 am