A Puritan Prayer

Contentment

Heavenly Father, if I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty,
make my heart prize Thy love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all
blessings. It is Thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my
sins, and desire severance from them. Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows,
temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with
gratitude to Thee, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of Thy love.

When thy Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin He became more dear to
me than sin had formerly been; His kindly rule replaced sin’s tyranny. Teach me to
believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued I must not only labour to overcome it,
but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it, and He must become to me more than
vile lust had been; that His sweetness, power, life may be there. Thus I must seek a grace
from Him contrary to sin, but must not claim it apart from Himself.

When I am afraid of evils to come, comfort me by showing me that in myself I am
a dying, condemned wretch, but in Christ I am reconciled and live; that in myself I find
insufficiency and no rest, but in Christ there is satisfaction and peace; that in myself I am
feeble and unable to do good, but in Christ I have ability to do all things. Though now I
have His graces in part, I shall shortly have them perfectly in that state where Thou wilt
show Thyself fully reconciled, and alone sufficient, efficient, loving me completely, with
sin abolished. O Lord, hasten that day.

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