Convince me that I cannot be my own God | A Puritan Prayer


One of the best little devotionals I have come across to date is a little collection of anonymous Puritan prayers called The Valley of Vision.
Go ahead and spend a couple minutes reading through this beautiful, soul-searching prayer that I’ve edited slightly for readability.

Take your time with each line. I promise it will be worth it.


I am a shell full of dust,
but animated with an invisible rational soul
and made anew by an unseen power of grace;

I am deeply convinced
of the evil and misery of my sinful state,
of the vanity of creatures,
but also of the sufficiency of Christ.

When You would guide me I control myself,
When You would be sovereign I rule myself,
When You would take care of me I suffice myself.
When I should depend on Your providings I supply myself,
When I should submit to Your providence I follow my will,
When I should study, love, honour, trust thee, I serve myself;
I fault and correct thy laws to suit myself,
Instead of thee I look to a man’s approval,
and am by nature an idolater.

Lord, it is my chief design to bring my heart back to thee.
Convince me that I cannot be my own God, or make myself happy,
nor my own Christ to restore my joy,
nor my own Spirit to teach, guide, rule me.

Help me to see that grace does this by providential affliction.

Take away my roving eye, curious ear, greedy appetite, lustful heart;
show me that none of these things
can heal a wounded conscience,
or support a tottering frame,
or uphold a departing spirit.

Then take me to the cross and leave me there.


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