Today I make this Puritan prayer my prayer. As many of our devoted Christ followers of years gone by have written, mused and meditated on God and his Word and sought to walk by faith in the founding years of our nation, so too we can learn from them and return to pur spiritual heritage that so many have blindly forgot. This prayer is one from the book called "The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers", entitled True Religion. LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, I ask not to be enrolled amongst the earthly great and rich, but to be numbered with the spiritually blessed.

Make it my present, supreme, persevering concern to obtain those blessings which are spiritual in their nature, eternal in their continuance, satisfying in their possession.

Preserve me from a false estimate of the whole or a part of my character; May I pay regard to my principles as well as my conduct, my motives as well as my actions.

Help me never to mistake the excitement of my passions for the renewing of the Holy Spirit, never to judge my religion by occasional impressions and impulses, but by my constant and prevailing disposition.

May my heart be right with thee, and my life as becometh the gospel. May I maintain a supreme regard to another and better world, and feel and confess myself a stranger and a pilgrim here.

Afford me all the direction, defence, support, and consolation my journey hence requires, and grant me a mind stayed upon thee.

Give me large abundance of the supply of the Spirit of Jesus, that I may be prepared for every duty, love thee in all my mercies, submit to thee in every trial, trust thee when walking in darkness, have peace in thee amidst life's changes.

Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief and uncertainties.

Amen.  May it be so in my life this day. May all who read this also come before the throne of God in likewise heart and passion.

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