Just as hymns can be helpful in the church because they have stood the test of time, so can prayers by those who have gone before us. I stumbled across this one, “Jesus My Glory,” that came from a book I have on Puritan prayers and devotions called “The Valley of Vision.” I have changed a few thee, thy, and thou’s but hopefully nothing that will change the meaning of the original text.
O Lord God,You have commanded me to believe in Jesus; and I will flee to no other refuge,wash in no other fountain, build on no other foundation, receive from no other fullness, rest in no other relief. His water and blood were not divided in their flow at the cross, may they never be separated in my creed and experiences; may I be equally convinced of the guilt and pollution of sin, feel my need of a prince and savior, implore of him repentance as well as forgiveness, love holiness, and be pure in heart, have the mind of Jesus, and tread in his steps.
Let me not be at my own disposal, but rejoice that I am under the care of one who is too wise to err, too kind to injure, too tender to crush. May I scandalize none by my temper and conduct, but recommend and endear Christ to all around, bestow good on every one as circumstances permit, and decline no opportunity of usefulness. Grant that I may value my substance, not as the medium of pride and luxury, but as the means of my support and stewardship. Help me to guide my affections with discretion, to owe no man anything, to be able to give to those in need, to make it my duty and pleasure to be merciful and forgiving, to show to the world the likeness of Jesus (Jesus My Glory, The Valley of Vision).
Imagine what the church would look like if we all prayed this over ourselves?