Lord Jesus, I Sin.

Lord Jesus, I sin. Grant that I may never cease grieving because of it, never be content with myself, never think I can reach a point of perfection. Kill my envy, command my tongue, trample down self. Give me grace to be holy, kind, gentle, pure, peaceable, to live for Thee and not for self, to copy Thy words, acts, spirit, to be transformed into Thy likeness, to be consecrated wholly to Thee, to live entirely to Thy glory.

Deliver me from attachment to things unclean, from wrong associations, from the predominance of evil passions, from the sugar of sin as well as its gap; that with self— loathing, deep contrition, earnest heart searching I may come to Thee, cast myself on Thee, trust in Thee, cry to Thee, be delivered by Thee.

O God, the Eternal All, help me to know that all things are shadows, but Thou art substance, all things are quicksands, but Thou art mountain, all things are shifting, but Thou art anchor, all things are ignorance, but Thou art wisdom.

If my life is to be a crucible amid burning heat, so be it, but do Thou sit at the furnace mouth to watch the ore that nothing be lost. If I sin wilfully, grievously, tormentedly, in grace take away my mourning and give me music; remove my sackcloth and clothe me with beauty; still my sighs and fill my mouth with song, then give me summer weather as a Christian.

~ Purification: A Puritan Prayer taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett.

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  1. Ink says:

    I love these Puritan prayers. Thank you for sharing. Also love the book of praise prayers you gave me, but right now I am still not sure I believe, but then you know little gay me LMAO! God save me. Jesus has overcome. I think. I believe. God save me. God save me. God save me. Please save me.

  2. The Valley of Vision is one of my favourite devotional books. There is also a Sovereign Grace CD of songs inspired by those prayers. Another book of prayers that you might find edifying is Johann Gerhard’s Meditations on Divine Mercy. He was a Lutheran and there are some Lutheran quirks, but it’s mostly just biblical.