“Covenant Prayer from Valley of Vision”, Puritan Prayer (Lordship of Jesus Christ, Promise, Blessing)

LORD JESUS,

Grant me the favour of being led by thee,
      under the directions of thy providence
      and thy Word.
Grant me thy blessings with bitter things,
  to brighten and quicken me,
  not to depress and make me lifeless;
Grant me, like Gideon of old, way-tokens,
  by removing things that discourage me;
Grant me succour beneath the shadow
    of thy sympathy when I am tempted.
Accept my unceasing thanks
  that I am not cast off from thy hand
  as a darkened star or a rudderless vessel.
Suffer not my life to extend
    beyond my usefulness;
Cast me not under the feet of
    pride, injustice, riches, worldly greatness,
    selfish oppression of men;
Help me to wait patiently, silently upon thee,
  not to be enraged or speak unadvisedly.
Let thy mercy follow me while I live,
  and give me aid to resign myself to thy will.
Take my heart and hold it in thy hand;
  write upon it reverence to thyself with an
  inscription that time and eternity cannot erase.
To thy grace and the care of thy covenant
  I commit myself, in sickness, and in health,
    for thou hast overcome the world,
    fulfilled the law,
    finished justifying righteousness,
    swallowed up death in victory,
    and taken all power everywhere.
Mark this covenant with thine own blood
    in the court of forgiving mercy;
Attach unto it thy name in which I believe,
    for it is sealed by my unworthy mortal hand.

Source: The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers

“The Love of Jesus”, Puritan Prayer from The Valley of Vision, Scripture on The Love of Jesus

The Love of Jesus

O Father of Jesus,

Help me to approach thee with deepest reverence,
not with presumption,
not with servile fear, but with holy boldness.
Thou art beyond the grasp of my understanding,
but not beyond that of my love.
Thou knowest that I love thee supremely,
for thou art supremely adorable, good, perfect.

My heart melts at the love of Jesus,
my brother, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh,
married to me, dead for me, risen for me;
He is mine and I am His,
given to me as well as for me;
I am never so much mine as when I am His,
or so much lost to myself until lost in Him;
then I find my true manhood.
But my love is frost and cold, ice and snow;

Let His love warm me, lighten my burden, be my heaven;
May it be more revealed to me in all its influences
that my love to Him may be more fervent and glowing;
Let the mighty tide of His everlasting love
cover the rocks of my sin and care;

Then let my spirit float above those things
which had else wrecked my life.
Make me fruitful by living to that love,
my character becoming more beautiful every day.

If traces of Christ’s love-artistry be upon me,
may He work on with His divine brush
until the complete image be obtained
and I be made a perfect copy of Him,
my Master. O Lord Jesus, come to me,

O Divine Spirit, rest upon me,
O Holy Father, look on me in mercy,
for the sake of the well-beloved.
Yes, Father, perfect me into a perfect copy of Him, my Master.

From: Valley of Vision/Banner of Truth

1 John 4:9 —We love because he first loved us.

John 3:16 —For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Matthew 11:28-30 —Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1 Corinthians 13-29 —If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.

“Puritan Prayer, The Deeps”, from The Valley of Vision (Repentance, Lordship of Jesus Christ, Grace)

The Deeps

Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach. Help me chastely to flee it and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Yours alone.

Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in You, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being.

Give me a deeper knowledge of Yourself as saviour, master, lord, and king.

Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Your Word, more steadfast grip on its truth.

Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from You.

Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until You alone are seen in me, Your beauty golden like summer harvest, Your fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no master but You, no law but Your will, no delight but Yourself, no wealth but that You give, no good but that You bless, no peace but that You bestow.

I am nothing but that You make me. I have nothing but that I receive from You. I can be nothing but that grace adorns me.

Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.

Amen

From, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett