It is amazing that men can talk so much

God the All

O God Whose will conquers all,

There is no comfort in anything

apart from enjoying Thee

and being engaged in Thy service;

Thou art All in All and all enjoyments are what to me

Thou makest them, and no more.

I am well pleased with They will, whatever it is,

or should be in all respects,

And if Thou bidst me decide for myself in any affair,

I would choose to refer all to Thee,

for Thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss

as I am in danger of doing.

I rejoice to think that all things are at Thy disposal,

and it delights me to leave them there.

Then prayer turns wholly into praise,

 and all I can do is to adore and bless Thee.

What shall I give Thee for all Thy benefits?

I am in a strait betwixst two, knowing not what to do;

I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer,

and can only rejoice that Thou doest all,

that none in heaven or on earth share They honor;

I can of myself do nothing to glorify Thy blessed name,

but I can, through grace, cheerfully surrender soul and body to Thee,

I know that Thou art the author and finisher of faith,

that the whole work of redemption is Thine alone,

that every good work or thought found in me

is the effect of Thy power and grace,

that Thy sole motive in working in me to will and to do

is for Thy good pleasure.

O God, it is amazing that men can talk so much

about man’s creaturely power and goodness,

when, if Thou didst not hold us back every moment,

we should be devils incarnate.

This, by bitter experience, Thou has taught me concerning myself.

~ A prayer from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett

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4 comments on “It is amazing that men can talk so much

  1. Is there ANY prayer these Puritans said that did not go to the heart of the matter of faith and a close communion with God? I think not and am so blessed that these prayers have survived to give me great joy and comfort. Thank you, dear friend, for introducing them to me.

  2. I know that Thou art the author and finisher of faith,
    that the whole work of redemption is Thine alone,
    that every good work or thought found in me
    is the effect of Thy power and grace,

    ——————-
    these words always hold such sway… they take my breath away

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