A Puritan’s Prayer on Worship

As you prepare for coming Lord’s Day service with God’s people, here’s a Puritan’s prayer on worship for your meditation:

O GLORIOUS GOD,

 

It is the flame of our life to worship You,

the crown and glory of our soul to adore You,
heavenly pleasure to approach You.

Give us power by Your Spirit to help us worship now,
that we may forget the world,
be brought into fullness of life,
be refreshed, comforted, blessed.

Give us knowledge of Your goodness
that we might not be over-awed by Your greatness;

Give us Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God,
that we might not be terrified,
but be drawn near with filial love,
with holy boldness;

He is our mediator, brother, interpreter,
branch, daysman, Lamb;
him we glorify,
in him we are set on high.

Crowns to give we have none,
but what You have given we return,
content to feel that everything is ours when it is Yours,
and the more fully ours when we have yielded it to You.

Let us live wholly to our Saviour,
free from distractions,
from carking care,
from hindrances to the pursuit of the narrow way.

We are pardoned through the blood of Jesus –
give us a new sense of it,
continue to pardon us by it,
may we come every day to the fountain,
and every day be washed anew,
that we may worship You always in spirit and truth.

[Revised from Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth, 1994), 196].

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