Where to Take Our Concerns

The following prayer is from ‘The Valley of Vision,’ a collection of Puritan prayers…

The thought of Your infinite peace
      cheers me,
For I am working, troubled
    and distressed,
  but You are always in perfect peace.
Your designs cause You no fear or care
    of unfulfillment,
  they stand secure as the eternal hills.
Your power knows no limits,
  Your goodness no length of time.
You bring order out of confusion,
  and my defeats are Your victories:
The Lord God Almighty reigns.
I come to the LORD as a sinner with cares and sorrows,
  to leave every concern entirely on You,
  every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood;
Revive deep spirituality in my heart;
Let me live in the presence of the Shepherd,
  hear his voice, know His tones, follow His calls.
Keep me from deception by causing me to abide
    in the truth,
  from harm by helping me to walk in the power
    of the Spirit.
Give me stronger faith in the eternal truths,
  burning into me by experience the things I know;
Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel,
  that I may bear its reproach,
  vindicate it,
  see Jesus as its core,
  know in it the power of the Spirit.
Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill;
  unbelief mars my confidence,
  sin makes me forget thee.
Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut
    at their roots;
Grant me to know that I truly live only
    when I live for You,
  that all else is worthless by comparison.
Your presence alone can make me holy, devout,
    strong and happy.
Abide in me, gracious God.

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