A 300 Year Old Prayer: “Help Me Follow The Savior!”

The following  prayer was first offered back in the 1600’s.  It is from the largely forgotten deposit of the Puritan Movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  These people knew God and they certainly knew how to pray.  We can learn a lot from them. They are written in old english.  I have updated  a few outdated words and changed the Thee’s and Thou’s to make it more 2011.  However, they still have the feel of that era.   This prayer,  “The Savior”  along with many others, can be found in a book titled “The Valley of Vision”, by Arthur Bennet…

 

God of all grace,

You have given me a Savior,

produce in me a faith to live by him,
to make him all my desire,
all my hope,
all my glory.

May I enter him as my refuge,

build on him as my foundation,
walk in him as my way,
follow him as my guide,
conform to him as my example,
receive his instructions as my prophet,
rely on his intercession as my high priest,
obey him as my king.

May your dear Son preserve me from this present evil world,

so that its approval never tempt,
nor its disapproval terrify,
nor its vices defile,
nor its errors delude me.

May I feel that I am a stranger and a pilgrim on earth,

declaring plainly that I seek a country,
my title to it becoming daily more clear,
my desire for it more perfect,
my expectations of it more abundant;
and whatsoever I do may it be done
in the Saviour’s name.

If you found this prayer helpful, see others here:

Pray This 400 Year Old Prayer: “Lord, Help Me Live a Life that Honors You!”

A Prayer for The New Year: “Guide Me This Year, Lord”

A 300 year Old Prayer: “All I Want Is To Know and Serve You, Lord”

The Precious Blood

Sunday Morning Prayer:  I Need You Jesus

A Christmas Prayer: Thank You for The Gift of All Gifts

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Posted on January 19, 2011, in Christianity, Prayer and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “May I enter him as my refuge,

    build on him as my foundation,
    walk in him as my way,
    follow him as my guide,
    conform to him as my example,
    receive his instructions as my prophet,
    rely on his intercession as my high priest,
    obey him as my king.”

    What an amazing prayer!! Thanks for posting this!

    HostJim

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