I benefit so much from this little book. My friends Tom and Rachael Hart from England (and Scotland) gave it to me when we left last May. The prayers reach back, deep into Puritan age faith-struggles, which, of course, are the same faith-struggles we have today.
Here is a prayer titled Deliverance that I have re-read many times. I prayed it again this morning. It always helps me (in more ways than one) to read it aloud.
Save me entirely from sin.
I know I am righteous through the righteousness of another,
but I pant and pine for likeness to thyself;
I am thy child and should bear thy image,
Enable me to recognize my death unto sin;
When it tempts me may I be deaf unto its voice.
Deliver me from the invasion as well as the dominion of sin.
Grant me to walk as Christ walked,
to live in the newness of his life,
the life of love, the life of faith, the life of holiness.
I abhor my body of death,
its indolence, envy, meanness, pride.
Forgive, and kill these vices,
have mercy on my unbelief, on my corrupt and wandering heart.
When thy blessings come, I begin to idolize them,
and set my affections on some beloved object –
children, friends, wealth, honor;
Cleanse this spiritual adultery and give me chastity;
close my heart to all but thee.
Sin is my greatest curse;
Let thy victory be apparent to my consciousness,
and be displayed in my life.
Help me to be always devoted, confident, obedient, resigned,
childlike in my trust of thee,
to love thee with soul, body, mind, strength,
to love my fellow-man as I love myself,
to be saved from unregenerate temper,
hard thoughts, slanderous words, meanness,
to master my tongue and keep the door
of my lips.
Fill me with grace daily,
that my life be a fountain
of sweet water.