Renewing the Mind – A Prayer

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!

 

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4 thoughts on “Renewing the Mind – A Prayer

  1. Kim Stewart on said:

    Amen.

  2. Susan Thayer on said:

    Wow, this prayer has a lot of weighty thoughts. I too can identify with the subdue the sin nature in me and not being careless of favor.

    thanks…

  3. Debbie Cline on said:

    As I think about my birthday tomorrow, and the number that I will become, and as I clean out and clean up the home that we are about to move in to, in my own way I am renovating. making necessasry changes. And I can truly ask my heavenly Father, “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.”

    Shay, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I don’t put my thoughts into words like you and others, but I know what I feel in my heart, and you bring those words and thoughts to lie.

    Blessings!

  4. gtilley on said:

    In our age of half sentences and abbreviations, these words are beautiful but, you’re right, the meaning is heart-piercing.Thanks so much for finding and sharing this.

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