Monday, February 25, 2013

Submission

I recently shared an old Puritan Prayer with the people of The Orchard Church, where I serve.  I've had so many requests for a copy of it that I decided to post it here.

We've been looking at the calling that followers of Jesus have to be a set-apart, holy people.  One vital element of a life that is consistent with our calling is submission.

This prayer comes from a compilation of Puritan Prayers entitled "The Valley of Vision"  edited by Arthur Bennett.  Here's the link for it on Amazon (I heartily recommend it!)

I hope that your heart resonates with this as mine does.  Let me know!


O God of the highest heaven,
Occupy the throne of my heart,
         take full possession and reign supreme,
   lay low every rebel lust,
   let no vile passion resist thy holy war;
   manifest thy mighty power,
     and make me thine for ever.

Thou art worthy to be
   praised with my every breath,
   loved with my every faculty of soul,
   served with my every act of life.

Thou hast loved me, espoused me, received me,
   purchased, washed, favoured, clothed,
     adorned me,
   when I was worthless, vile, soiled, polluted.

I was dead in iniquities,
   having no eyes to see thee,
   no ears to hear thee,
   no taste to relish thy joys,
   no intelligence to know thee;
But thy Spirit has quickened me,
   has brought me into a new world as a
     new creature,
   has given me spiritual perception,
   has opened to me thy Word as light, guide,
     solace, joy.

Thy presence is to me a treasure of unending peace;
No provocation can part me from thy sympathy,
   for thou hast drawn me with cords of love,
   and dost forgive me daily, hourly.
O help me then to walk worthy of thy love,
   of my hopes, and my vocation.

Keep me, for I cannot keep myself;
Protect me that no evil befall me;
Let me lay aside every sin admired of many;
Help me to walk by thy side, lean on thy arm,
   hold converse with thee,
That henceforth I may be salt of the earth
   and a blessing to all.

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