A Puritan’s Prayer: A Minister’s Bible

Puritan O God of Truth,

I thank thee for the holy Scriptures,
    their precepts, promises, directions, light.
In them may I learn more of Christ,
    be enabled to retain his truth
    and have grace to follow it.

Help me to lift up the gates of my soul
       that he may come in
    and show me himself when I search
       the Scriptures,
    for I have no lines to fathom its depths,
    no wings to soar to its heights.

By his aid may I be enabled to explore
       all its truths,
    love them with all my heart,
    embrace them with all my power,
    engraft them into my life.

Bless to my soul all grains of truth garnered
       from thy Word;
    may they take deep root,
    be refreshed by heavenly dew,
    be ripened by heavenly rays,
    be harvested to my joy and thy praise.

Help me to gain profit by what I read,
    as treasure beyond all treasure,
    a fountain which can replenish my dry heart,
       its waters flowing through me as a perennial river
       on-drawn by the Holy Spirit.

Enable me to distil from its pages faithful prayer
    that grasps the arm of thy omnipotence,
    achieves wonders, obtains blessings,
    and draws down streams of mercy.

From it show me how my words have often been
       unfaithful to thee,
       injurious to my fellow-men,
       empty of grace, full of folly,
       dishonouring to my calling.

Then write thy own words upon my heart
       and inscribe them on my lips;
So shall all glory be to thee
    in my reading of thy Word!

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

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