Puritan Prayer: “Love”

Puritan Prayer: “Love”

As many of you know, I enjoy reading Puritan prayers. I find that the emotion and poetry inside these passionate prayers lifts my spirit and help me feel the weight of our Infinite God. This week I thought I would post a prayer that really affected me as I looked around and saw the hurt and hate in the world, I was reminded of the deeper love of Christ. I hope you find this as encouraging as I did.

Love

“LORD JESUS,

Give me to love thee, to embrace thee,

though I once took lust and sin in my arms.

Thou didst love me before I loved thee,

an enemy, a sinner, a loathsome worm.

Thou dost own me when I disclaimed myself;

Thou didst love me as a son,

and weep over me as over Jerusalem.

Love brought thee from heaven to earth,

from earth to the cross,

from the cross to the grave.

Love caused thee to be

weary, hungry, tempted,

scorned, scourged,

buffeted, spat upon,

crucified, and pierced.

Love led thee to bow thy head in death.

My salvation is the point where perfect created love

and the most perfect uncreated love meet together;

for thou dost welcome me,

not like Joseph and his brother,

loving and sorrowing, but loving and rejoicing.

This love is not intermittent, cold, changeable;

it does not cease or abate for all my enmity.

 

Holiness is a spark from thy love

kindled to a flame in my heart by the Spirit,

and so it ever turns to the place from which it comes.

Let me see thy love everywhere,

not only in the cross,

but in the fellowship of believers

and in the world around me.

When I feel the warmth of the sun

may I praise thee who art the Sun of righteousness

with healing power.

When I feel the tender rain may I think of the gospel showers

that water my soul.

When I walk by the river side

may I praise thee for that scream that makes

the eternal city glad, and washes white my robes

that I may have the right to the tree of life.

Thy infinite love is a mystery of mysteries,

and my eternal rest lies in the eternal enjoyment of it.”

 

Cited Work:

Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennet, Banner of Truth Trust

– Dean