Prayer for Morning Needs

I discovered a website full of Puritan prayers.  The passion and clarity of vision of these people astounds me!  Was it just that they had so fewer things to distract them and cloud their vision, or that they practiced setting their mind on things above better than we do?  In any case, may this be our prayer as well as we make daily choices to live in the light of His Wisdom and Power, since we cannot be righteous without Him.

Morning Needs
O God the author of all good, I come to Thee for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without Thee I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Thy power. Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe.
Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Thy blessing, and in which I cannot invite Thy inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, Who is the Lord? or be poor, and steal, and take Thy name in vain.
May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Thy will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians.  And to Thee be the glory.


Ems said...

I love this! So focused on Christ! May we have this passion for Him!!

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of how Jesus taught us to pray, but my prayers don't sound much like this! These early Protestants are inspiring examples for Christians today to follow. I will seek to focus on things above and to pray according to God's will and not mine.