Fullness

I’ve increasingly appreciated written prayers over the years, both of my own composing and those from men who walked with God in the past. Here’s one from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers. There is so much truth compacted in so few words. Read it, carefully, meditating on each phrase, and in so make it your prayer to God.

Heavenly Father,
Thou hast revealed to me myself as a mass of sin,
And thyself as the fullness of goodness
With strength enough to succor me,
Wisdom enough to guide me,
Mercy enough to quicken me,
Love enough to satisfy me.

Thou has shown me that because thou art mine
I can live by thy life,
Be strong in thy strength,
Be guided by thy wisdom;
and so I can pitch my thoughts and heart in thee.

This is the exchange of wonderful love—
for me to have thee for myself,
and for thee to have me, and to give me thyself.

There is in thee all fullness of the good I need,
And the fullness of all grace to draw me to thyself.
Who else could never have come.

But having come, I must cleave to thee,
Be knit to thee,
Always seek thee.

There is none all good as thou art:
With thee I can live without other things,
For thou art God all-sufficent,
And the glory, peace, rest, joy of the world
Is a creaturely, perishing thing in comparision with thee.

Help me to know that he who hopes for nothing but thee,
And for all things only for thee, hopes truly,
And that I must place all my happiness in holiness,
If I hope to be filled with all grace.

Convince me that I can have no peace at death,
Nor hope that I should go to Christ,
Unless I intend to do his will
And have his fullness while I live.

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