Creator, Upholder and Owner of All Things…
I cannot escape from your presence and control, nor do I desire to do so.
My privilege is to be under the agency of your omnipotence, righteousness, wisdom, patience, mercy and grace.
For you are Love with more than parental affection.
I admire your goodness, stand in awe of your power, abase myself before your purity.
It is the discovery of your goodness alone that can banish my fears, allure me into your presence, help me to bewail and confess my sins.
I review my past guilt and am conscious of my present unworthiness.
I bless you that your steadfast love and attributes are essential to my happiness and hope.
You have witnessed to me your grace and mercy in the bounties of nature, in the fullness of your providence, in the revelations of Scripture, in the gift of your Son, in the proclamation of the gospel.
Make me willing to be saved in your own way, perceiving nothing in myself but all in Jesus.
Help me not only to receive him but to walk in him, depend upon him, commune with him, follow him as dear children, imperfect, but still pressing forward, not complaining of labor, but valuing rest, not murmuring trials, but thankful for my state.
And by so doing, let me silence the ignorance of foolish men.
(Puritan Prayer from The Valley of Vision)