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Last week I shared with you that I have been reading through Robert Elmore’s book, Piercing Heaven – Prayers of the Puritans.
Puritan Pastor Philip Doddridge compose these three prayers by taking Scripture and personalizing them. This is a great exercise that you can do as you read through the Word each day. Take a verse and write it out as a prayer. Personalize it. Write it on a 3X5 card or write it out in your prayer journal and pray God’s Word back to Him.
Here is the second part of Doddridge’s prayer:
Father, may I have the most faithful and affectionate regard to the blessed Jesus, your incarnate Son, the brightness of your glory, and your exact image (Hebrews 1:3).
Though I have not seen him, may I love him; and in him, though now I do not see him, yet believing, may I rejoice with unspeakable joy, full of glory (1 Peter 1:8).
May I live daily by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
May I be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14), and so may it be evident to others that I am a child of God, and an heir of glory.
May I not receive the spirit of bondage to fear, but the Spirit of adoption, crying, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
Work in me a spirit of love, power, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:17), so that I may add virtue to my faith (2 Peter 1:5).
May I be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:7) and act like a Christian in the work to which I am called. May I labor, not only or chiefly for the food that perishes, but for that which endures to eternal life (John 6:27).
May I humble myself under your mighty hand and be clothed with humility (1 Peter 5:5–6), with a meek and quiet spirit, which is valuable in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:4).
May I be pure in heart, that I may see God (Matthew 5:8); put to death whatever belongs to my earthly nature (Colossians 3:5).
May I be content with such things as I have (Hebrews 13:5) and learn to be that way in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11).
May patience also have its full effect in me, that I may be complete and lacking nothing (James 1:4). May I love my neighbor as myself (Galatians 5:14), and do unto others as I would want them to do unto me (Matthew 7:12). Amen. —Philip Doddridge
Elmer, Robert. Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans (pp. 33-35). Lexham Press. Kindle Edition.
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Living in light of the gospel,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
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