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praying alignment with God

Lord,

Let me lament for forgetting daily to come to you,

and cleanse me from the deceit of bringing my heart to a duty because the act pleased me or appealed to reason.

Grant that I may be salted with suffering with every enactment tempered to my soul,

every Rod excellently fitted to my back,

to chastise, humble, break me.

Let me not overlook the hand that holds the rod,

as you did not let me forget the rod that fell on Christ

and drew me to him.

 

May it be Lord. amen.

 (adapted from Valley of Vision, Christian Calling)

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1 Peter 4

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,

what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”a

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

1 Peter 4

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Man a Nothing

O Lord, I am a shell full of dust,But animated with an invisible rational soul And made anew by an unseen power of grace; Yet I am no rare object of valuable price, But one who has nothing and is nothing, Although chosen by you from eternity! Given to Christ and born again!

I am deeply convinced of the evil and misery of my sinful state, Of the vanity of creatures, But also of the sufficiency of Christ. When you would try to guide me, I control myself. When you would be sovereign, I rule myself. When you would take care of me, I do it myself. When I should depend on your provisions, I supply myself. When I should submit on your providence, I follow my will. When I should study, live, honor, trust you, I serve myself. I fault and correct your laws to suit myself. Instead of you, I look to man's approbation, his approval. I am by nature an idolater!

Lord, it is my chief design to bring my heart back to you! Convince me that I cannot be my own God! Or make myself happy, Nor be my own Christ to restore my joy; Nor my own Spirit to teach, guide, and rule me.

Help me to see that grace does this by the will of your afflictions, For when my credit is good, you cast me lower, When riches are my idol, you make them grow wings, When pleasure is my all, you do turn it into bitterness. You are the good God who does what it takes to transform my corrupted heart! Take away my roving eye, curious ear, greedy appetite, lustful heart; Show me Jesus that none of these things can heal a wounded conscience, Or support this tottering frame, or uphold a departing spirit. Then O God, I implore you, take me to the cross, And leave me there! Yes...leave me there where your blood flows down and washes me clean..... This I pray. 

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My prayer for today, adapted and inspired by 'Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers"

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Conflict- a prayer

O Lord God,You are my protecting arm,    fortress, refuge, shield, my buckler. Fight for me and my foes must flee; Uphold me and I cannot fall; Strengthen me and I stand unmoved, unmovable; Equip me and I shall receive no wound; Stand  by me and Satan will depart; Anoint my lips with a song of Salvation     and I shall shout your victory. Give me abhorrence of all evil,     as a vile monster that defies your law, that casts off your yoke, defiles my nature, and spreads misery. Teach me to look to Jesus on his cross     and so to know sin's loathsomeness in your sight. There is no pardon but through your Son's death,     no cleansing but in his precious blood,     no atonement but his to pay for evil. Show me the shame, the agony, the bruises of incarnate God,     that I may read boundless guilt in the boundless price. May I discern the viper in its real malignity,    tear at it with holy indignation from my chest,     resolutely turn from its every snare,     refuse to hold polluting alliance with it. Blessed Lord Jesus, at your cross     may I be taught the awful miseries from which I am saved,     ponder what the word "lost" really  implies,     see the fires of eternal destruction; Then may I cling more closely to your body broken for me,     adhere to you with firmer faith,     be devoted to you with my total being,     detest sin as strongly as your love for me is strong, And may holiness be the atmosphere in  which I live,     to know you deeper Father,     to breathe in the life of you O Holy Spirit,     and to live all my days of eternity for your pleasure dear Jesus, All to you my God I live.     Amen.

Inspired and adapted from 'Conflict', Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.

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A Pure Prayer

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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Consistent in faith and obedience - a prayer

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Lord God Almighty, I ask not to be enrolled among the earthly great and rich,    but to be numbered with the spiritually blessed. Make it my present, supreme, preserving concern    to obtain those blessing which are    spiritual in nature,    eternal in their continuance,    satisfying in their possession.  Preserve me from a false estimate of the whole or part of my character; May I pay attention 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 your Holy Spirit,    never to judge my faith by occasional impressions and impulses,    But by my constant and prevailing disposition.

May my heart be right with you,    and my life be about the Gospel. May I maintain a supreme regard heavenward, our better world,    and feel and confess myself a stranger and a pilgrim here. Afford me all the direction, defense, support, and consolation my journey now requires,    and grant me a mind focused upon you. Give me a large abundance and supply of the Spirit of Jesus,    That I might be prepared for every duty,    Love you in all my mercies,    Submit to you in every trial,    Trust you when walking in darkness,    Have peace in you amidst life's changes. Lord, I believe. Help me through my weaknesses of my unbelief and uncertainties.

My life is yours dear Jesus, to you O God, I give my heart's trust. May I live for you this day. Amen.

( My personal adaptation of 'True Religion' from 'The Valley of Vision, A collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.')

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