Sunday, June 18, 2006

Keep Me, for I Cannot Keep Myself

occupy the throne of my heart,
take full possession and reign supreme,
lay low every rebel lust,
let no vile passion resist thy holy war;
manifest thy mighty power,
and make me thine for ever.
Thou art worthy to be praised with my every breath,
loved with my every faculty of soul,
served with my every act of life.
Thou hast loved me, espoused me, received me,
purchased, washed, favoured, clothed, adorned me,
when I was worthless, vile, soiled polluted.
I was dead in iniquities,
having no eyes to see thee,
no ears to hear thee,
no taste to relish thy joys,
no intelligence to know thee;
But thy Spirit has quickened me,
has brought me into a new world as a new creature,
has given me spiritual perception,
has opened to me thy Word as light, guide, solace, joy.
Thy presence is to me a treasure of unending peace;
No provacation can part me from thy sympathy,
for thou hast drawn me with cords of love,
and dost forgive me daily, hourly.
O help me then to walk worthy of thy love,
of my hopes, and my vocation.
Keep me, for I cannot keep myself;
Protect me that no evil befall me;
Let me lay aside every sin admired of many;
Help me to walk by thy side, lean on thy arm,
hold converse with thee,
That henceforth I may be salt of the earth and a blessing to all.

Taken from: Arthur Bennett, ed., The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth), 47.


jc said...

which puritan penned that prayer?

Nick Hill said...


I actually do not know. The prayer was taken from the edited book by Arthur Bennett called "The Valley of Vision." At the end of the book he lists a bibliography, so the prayer is from one of the following works:

Baxter, Richard. "The Saint's Rest."
Brainerd, David. "Diary, Journal, Letters."
Bunyan, John. "Grace Abounding."
Doddridge, Philip. "The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul."
Evans, Christmas. "Life of."
Jay, William. "Prayers for the Use of Families."
Law, Henry. "Family Prayers."
Romaine, William. "The Walk of Faith."
Shepard, Thomas. "Works," Vol. 3.
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. "The Pastor in Prayer."
Toplady, Augustus. "Works," Vol. 1.
Watson, Thomas. "The Lord's Prayer."
Watts, Isaac. "Works," Vol. 3, Section 'A Guide to Prayer.'
Williams, William, Free translations from "Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol Newydd."

May God richly bless you,


jc said...

thanks for that list.