A Prayer for this Lord’s Day

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

God the Spirit

O Lord God,

I  pray not so much for graces as for the Spirit himself,  because I feel his absence,  and act by my own spirit in everything.

Give me not weak desires but the power of  his presence,  for this is the surest way to have all his graces,  and when I have the seal I have the impression  also;

He can heal, help, quicken, humble suddenly  and easily,  can work grace and life effectually,  and being eternal he can give grace eternally.

Save me from great hindrances,  from being content with a little measure  of the Spirit,  from thinking thou wilt not give me more.

When I feel my lack of him, light up life and faith,   for when I lose thee I am either in the dark  and cannot see thee,  or Satan and my natural abilities content me with a little light,  so that I seek no further for the Spirit of life. Teach me then what to do.

Should I merely humble myself and not stir up  my heart? Should I meditate and use all means to bring him near,  not being contented by one means,  but trust him to give me a blessing by the use of all,  depending only upon, and waiting always for,  thy light, by use of means?

Is it a duty or an error to pray and look for the fullness of the Spirit in me?

Am I mistaken in feeling I am empty of the Spirit  because I do not sense his presence within, when all the time I am most empty and could be more full by faith in Christ?

Was the fullness of the Spirit in the apostles  chiefly a power,  giving the subsistence outside themselves  in Christ,  in whom was their life and joy?

Teach me to find and know fullness of the Spirit  only in Jesus.


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