The Divine Will

For those of you looking for today’s continuation of The Prince’s Ghost (Ch. 7), I thank you for being patient as I postpone it one more week. I have provided another Puritan prayer for today’s post in its stead. 

O Lord,

I hang on thee; I see, believe, live,

when thy will, not mine, is done;

I can plead nothing in myself

in regard of any worthiness and grace,

in regard of thy providence and promises,

but only thy good pleasure.

If thy mercy make me poor and vile, blessed be thou!

Prayers arising from my needs are preparations for future mercies;

Help me to honour thee by believing before I feel,

for great is the sin if I make feeling a cause of faith.

Show me what sins hide thee from me

and eclipses thy love;

Help me to humble myself for past evils,

to be resolved to walk with more care,

For if I do not walk holily before thee,

how can I be assured of my salvation?

It is the meek and humble who are shown thy convenant,

know thy will, are pardoned and healed,

who by faith depend and rest upon grace,

who are sanctified and quickened,

who evidence thy love.

Help me to pray in faith and so find thy will,

by leaning hard on thy rich free mercy,

by believing thou wilt give what thou hast promised;

Strengthen me to pray with the conviction

that whatever I receive is thy gift,

so that I may pray until prayer be granted;

Teach me to believe that all degrees of mercy arise

from several degrees of prayer,

that when faith is begun it is imperfect and must grow,

as chapped ground opens wider and wider until rain comes.

So shall I wait thy will, pray for it to be done,

and by thy grace become fully obedient.

Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett. Please support our sponsor and help us adopt James by purchasing your copy on the right side of this page.

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2 Responses to The Divine Will

  1. pacwp says:

    I don’t mean to come across as flippant, but I am very confused by what I am reading.
    I really need some clarification: Are you blogging about your adoption or about religion? I can not get a good handle on it?

    • On many levels, religion and adoption go hand-in-hand. This is a prayer from a child of God who has been adopted into His family. So I am just marrying the two together in many of my posts.

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