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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 SELF-KNOWLEDGE (puritan prayer)


Searcher of hearts,

It is a good day to me when thou givest me

a glimpse of myself;

Sin is my greatest evil,

but thou art my greatest good;

I have cause to loathe myself,

and not to seek self-honour,

for no one desires to commend his own dunghill.

My country, family, church

fare worse because of my sins,

for sinners bring judgment in thinking

sins are small,

or that God is not angry with them.

Let me not take other good men as my example,

and think I am good because I am like them,

For all good men are not so good as thou desirest,

are not always consistent,

do not always follow holiness,

do not feel eternal good in sore affliction.

Show me how to know when a thing is evil

which I think is right and good,

how to know when what is lawful

comes from an evil principle,

such as desire for reputation or wealth by usury.

Give me grace to recall my needs,

my lack of knowing thy will in Scripture,

of wisdom to guide others,

of daily repentance, want of which keeps thee

at bay,

of the spirit of prayer, having words

without love,

of zeal for thy glory, seeking my own ends,

of joy in thee and thy will,

of love to others.

And let me not lay my pipe

too short of the fountain,

never touching the eternal spring,

never drawing down water from above.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/8/29 4:15Profile

 Re: SELF-KNOWLEDGE (puritan prayer)

Good prayer, because Not A One of Us Knows ourselves. Really !

I read where David prayed, Lord, show me the sins that even I don't know I have, show me my secrets ways, or whatever.

I've only prayed this a few times, because the same nites that I did, the Lord showed me while I slept, in dreams that woke me, about things in my life, that I didn't even realise that I was doing.

The heart is deceitful, who can know it, except The Lord show us.

I know I need to keep praying that, show me my hidden faults, but it sure is disquieting when He does show them.

I guess, I need to pray for bravery first... so that I can take it, when He does.

We can't "know ourselves" without Him Showing us, as this prayer posted says and as David prayed.
amen Lord help us.

 2005/8/29 20:42

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