Puritan Prayers: Living by Prayer

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I decided with all of the Puritan prayers I’ve been reading lately, I may as well start a series on here sharing my favorites with everyone else. They’ve been a huge blessing to me, and I imagine the same could be true for others. The first is Living By Prayer. Unfortunately, the author’s name is not easily apparent – maybe I’ll search this prayer out later and see if I can find the author.


O God of the open ear,

Teach me to live by prayer

as well as by providence,

for myself, soul, body, children, family, church;

Give me a heart frameable to thy will;

    so might I live in prayer,

    and honour thee,

    being kept from evil, known and unknown.

Help me to see the sin that accompanies all I do,

    and the good I can distil from everything.

Let me know that the work of prayer is to bring

    my will to thine,

    and that without this it is folly to pray;

When I try to bring thy will to mine it is

    to command Christ,

  to be above him, and wiser than he:

    this is my sin and pride.

I can only succeed when I pray

    according to thy precept and promise,

    and to be done with as it pleases thee,

    according to thy sovereign will.

When though commandest me to pray

    for pardon, peace, brokenness,

  it is because though wilt give me the thing promised,

    for thy glory,

    as well as for my good.

Help me not only to desire small things

    but with holy boldness to desire great things

  for thy people, for myself,

    that they and I might live to show thy glory.

Teach me

  that it is wisdom for me to pray for all I have,

    out of love, willingly, not of necessity;

  that I may come to thee at any time,

    to lay open my needs acceptably to thee;

  that my great sin lies in my not keeping

    the savour of thy ways;

  that the remembrance of this truth is one way

    to the sense of thy presence;

  that there is no wrath like the wrath of being

    governed by my own lusts for my own ends.


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