O my Father,
I hang on you; I see, believe, live,
when your will, not mine, is done;
I can plead nothing in myself
in regard of any worthiness and grace,
in regard of your providence and promises,
but only your good pleasure.
If your mercy makes me poor and vile, blessed are you!
Prayers arising from my needs are preparations for future mercies;
Help me to honor you by believing before I feel,
for great is the sin if I make feeling a cause of faith.
Show me what sins hid you from me
and eclipse your love;
Help me to humble myself for past evils,
to be resolved to walk with more care,
for I do not walk more holy before you,
how can I be assured of my salvation?
It is the meek and humble who are shown your covenant,
know your will, are pardoned and healed,
who by faith depend and rest upon grace,
who are sanctified and quickened,
who evidence your love.
Help me to pray in faith and so find your will,
by leaning hard on your rich free mercy,
by believing you will give what you have promised;
Strengthen me to pray with the conviction
that whatever I receive is your gift,
so that I may pray until prayer be granted;
Teach me to believe that all degrees of mercies arise,
from several degrees of prayer,
that when faith is begun its imperfect and must grow,
as chapped ground opens wider and wider until rain comes.
So shall I wait your will, pray for it to be done,
and by your grace become fully obedient.
Through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for me.
Power Prayers are an updated version of prayers found in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett, Canon of St. Albans Cathedral. We hope you will find them spiritually enriching. We post new Power Prayers regularly.