A Puritan’s Prayer: God The All

O God Whose will conquers all,

There is no comfort in anything apart from
      enjoying thee
    and being engaged in thy service;

Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what
    to me thou makest them, and no more.

I am well pleased with thy will, whatever it is,
    or should be in all respects,
And if thou bidst me to decide for myself in any affair,
    I would choose to refer all to thee,
    for thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss,
    as I am in danger of doing.

I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal,
    and it delights me to leave them there.
Then prayer turns wholly into praise,
    and all I can do is to adore and bless thee.
What shall I give thee for all thy benefits?
    I am in a strait betwixt two, knowing not
    what to do;
I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer,
    and can only rejoice that thou doest all,
    that none in heaven or on earth shares thy honour;
I can of myself do nothing to glorify thy blessed name,
    but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul
      and body to thee,
I know that thou art the author and finisher of faith,
    that the whole work of redemption is thine alone,
    that every good work or thought found in me
      is the effect of thy power and grace,
    that they sole motive in working in me to will
      and to do is for thy good pleasure.

O God, it is amazing that men can talk so much
    about man’s creaturely power and goodness,
    when, if thou didst not hold us back every
    moment, we should be devils incarnate.

This, by bitter experience, thou hast taught me
    concerning myself.

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

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