a new year’s prayer

O LORD,
Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed
in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains,
sanctifies, aids every hour,

that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,

and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

~from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers
(photo courtesy Laura Jordan)

Advertisements

4 responses to “a new year’s prayer

  1. thank you for sharing this! i am totally putting the part about the unknown waters of this year somewhere where i can read it daily.

    i’ve been meaning to come back and comment on your previous post. inspired by you and your family, i’m choosing a theme for this year instead of a list of resolutions. i’ve been tearing through stepping heavenward (thank you for that!) and i love what mrs. cabot says to katy about making it her mission to sweeten and beautify in every way possible. focusing on that this year. thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Love this. Good old Puritans… :^)

  3. I love that you are blogging! Your words are beautiful, and you are an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing! Love you friend

  4. Ha – I thought this was an MB original at first! The thee/thy gave me pause, but when I got to the part about your loins being girt, I figured it out. 🙂 Still beautiful, even if you didn’t pen it yourself!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s