Some time ago, my dear mother-in-love sent me a book called The Valley of Vision. It is a collection of Puritan prayers, and I am encouraged and exhorted to think about God more rightly through them. I love how these prayers are full of SO much rich, poignant truth about God, even in speaking to Him. Here’s one of my favorites:
Thou art the Blessed God,
Happy in thyself,
source of happiness in thy creatures,
my Maker, Benefactor, Proprietor, Upholder.
Thou hast produced and sustained me,
supported and indulged me,
saved and kept me;
Thou art in every situation able to meet
my needs and miseries.
May I live by thee,
live for thee,
never be satisfied with my Christian progress but as I resemble Christ;
And may conformity grow hourly in my life.
Let thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obediance,
and render my duty my delight.
If others deem my faith folly,
my meekness infirmity,
my zeal madness,
my hope delusion,
my actions hypocrisy,
may I rejoice to suffer for they name.
Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights,
that paradise-land which is my true inheritance.
Support me by the strength of heaven that I may never turn back,
or desire false pleasures that wilt and disappear into nothing.
As I pursue my heavenly journey by thy grace
let me be known as a man with no aim
but that of a burning desire for thee,
and the good and salvation of my fellow men.