. . . because sometimes we just need a seventeenth century Puritan prayer for our twenty-first century families.
O sovereign Lord,
Thou are the Creator-Father of all men,
for thou hast made and dost support them;
Thou art the special Father of those who know,
love and honour thee,
who find thy yoke easy, and thy burden light,
thy work honourable,
thy commandments glorious.
But how little thy undeserved goodness has
How imperfectly have I improved my religious privileges!
How negligent have I been in doing good to others!
I am before thee in my trespasses and sins,
have mercy on me,
and may thy goodness bring me to repentance.
Help me to hate and forsake every false way,
to be attentive to my condition and character,
to bridle my tongue,
to keep my heart with all diligence,
to watch and pray against temptation,
to mortify sin,
to be concerned for the salvation of others.
O God, I cannot endure to see the destruction
of my kindred.
Let those that are united to me in tender ties
be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
instruction, discipline, example,
that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with trees of righteousness of
thy planting, for thy glory;
Let not those of my family who are amiable,
fall short of heaven at last;
Grant that the promising appearances of a
tender conscience, soft heart,
the alarms and delights of thy Word,
be not blotted out,
but bring forth judgment unto victory
in all whom I love.
The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
Edited by Arthur Bennett