Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Puritan Prayer: "God the All"

This past Sunday I had our congregation pray through a puritan prayer, "God the All." I wish I prayed prayers like this. Below is what I had us pray; not the full prayer, but most of it (although I confess I changed the Thee's and Thou's to You's).

There is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying You 
     and being engaged in Your service; 
You are all in all, and all enjoyments are what to me You make them, and no more. 
I am well pleased with Your will, whatever it is, or should be in all respects, 
And if You bid me decide for myself in any affair, I will choose to refer all to You,
     for You are infinitely wise and cannot do amiss, as I am in danger of doing. 
I rejoice to think that all things are at Your disposal, 
     and it delights me to leave them there. 
Then prayer turns wholly into praise, and all I can do is to adore and bless You. 
What shall I give You for all Your benefits? 
     I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer,
     I can of myself do nothing to glorify Your blessed name,
     but I can, through grace, cheerfully surrender soul and body to You.

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