The ‘Nevers’ of the Gospel

The ‘Nevers’ of the Gospel

O Lord,
May I never fail to come to the knowledge
never rest in a system of doctrine, however
scriptural, that does not bring or further

or teach me to deny ungodliness and
worldly lusts,
or help me to live soberly, righteously, godly;
never rely on my own convictions and resolutions,
but be strong in thee and in thy might;
never cease to find thy grace sufficient
in all my duties, trials, and conflicts;
never forget to repair to thee
in all my spiritual distresses and outward
troubles,
in all the dissatisfactions experienced in
creature comforts;
never fail to retreat to him who is full of grace
and truth, the friend that loveth at all times,
who is touched with feelings of my infirmities,
and can do exceeding abundantly for me;
never confine my religion to extraordinary
occasions, but acknowledge thee in all my ways;
never limit my devotions to particular seasons
but be in thy fear all the day long;
never be godly only on the sabbath
or in thy house, but on every day abroad
and at home;
never make piety a dress but a habit,
not only a habit but a nature,
not only a nature but a life.
Do good to me by all thy dispensations,
by all means of grace,
by worship, prayers, praises,
And at last let me enter that world where is
no temple, but only thy glory
and the Lamb’s.

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From ‘The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions’
Arthur Bennett, Editor

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