Puritan prayer

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January 15, 2013 by heathernwelch

I was doing my bible study the other morning and this prayer was in it.  It really moved me and caused me to pray.  I wanted to share it with you.  It took me many times of reading it to understand it fully.  I just keep coming back to it as well and learning more each time I do.
A Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision:
“God of my end,
It is my greatest, noblest pleasure
to be acquainted with thee
and with my rational, immortal soul;
It is sweet and entertaining
to look into my being
when all my powers and passions
are united and engaged in pursuit of thee
when my soul longs and passionately breathes after conformity to thee
and the full enjoyment of thee;
No hours pass away with so much pleasure as those spend in communion with thee
and with my heart.
O how desirable, how profitable to the Christian life
is a spirit of holy watchfulness
and godly jealousy over myself.
When my soul is afraid of nothing
except grieving and offending thee, the blessed God,
my Father and friend,
whom I then love and long to please,
rather than be happy in myself!
Knowing, as I do, that this is the pious temper,
worthy of the highest ambition, and cclosest pursuit
of intelligent creatures and holy Christians,
may my joy derive from glorifying and delighting thee.
I long to fill all my time for thee,
whether at home or in the way;
to place all my concerns in thy hands;
to be entirely at they disposal,
having no will or interest of my own.
Help me to live to thee for ever, to make thee my last and only end,
So that I may never more in one instance love my sinful self.”
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