Jeremiah Burroughs: Piercing Heaven – Puritan’s Prayers
Lord, I am hungry for righteousness—but I cannot find it. And I hope this will be my concern forever: whatever becomes of me, I will reject unrighteousness. I pray that I will not meddle with it and will have nothing to do with it. Through your mercy I hope to keep that prayer forever in my heart.
Lord, if there be but one drop of mercy in me to show pity to others, is there not an infinite ocean of mercy in you?
And Lord, you who know the secrets of all hearts, you know the desire of my soul to know your will.
Whatever help you make known to me, I am ready to make use of it, that I may not be led aside into error. And if you are pleased to reveal your mind further to me, I am ready to submit to it. I would count it greater happiness than all the comforts the world can afford simply to know your mind.
But, Lord, as yet I cannot do this thing without sinning against you. You know it. Yet you also know that I want to walk humbly and peaceably with others, in all meekness, submissiveness, and quietness of spirit.
I will wait until you further reveal your mind to me. Your light will turn my spirit the way you want it to go.