So this morning, as I am being intentional about renewing my mind, I came across a Puritan prayer that I used in my time with the Lord. Thought I would share part of it with you:
“O Lord who inhabitest eternity,
I thank thee for thy riches to me in Jesus, for the unclouded revelation of Him in thy Word, where I behold His Person, character, grace, glory, humiliation, sufferings, death, and resurrection; Give me to feel a need of His continual saviourhood, and cry with Job, ‘I am vile,’ with Peter, ‘I perish,’ with the publican, ‘Be merciful to me, a sinner.’
Subdue in me the love of sin. Let me know the need of renovation as well as of forgiveness, in order to serve and enjoy thee forever. I come to thee in the all-prevailing name of Jesus, with nothing of my own to plead – no works, no worthiness, no promises.
May I not be careless of thy favour or regardless of thy glory; Impress me deeply with a sense of thine omnipresence, that thou art about my path, my ways, my lying down, my end. Amen.”
All of this prayer pierced my heart – I have underlined a few of the lines that particularly stunned me – helping me realize how impotent my own praying is. Grace and Peace to you as you continue your pondering!