You have made man for the glory of yourself,
and when not an instrument of that glory,
he is a thing of nothing;
No sin is greater than the sin of unbelief,
for if union with Christ is the greatest good,
unbelief is the greatest sin,
as being cross to your command;
I see that whatever my sin is,
yet no sin is like disunion from Christ by unbelief.
Lord, keep me from committing the greatest sin in departing from him,
For I can never in this life perfectly obey and cleave to Christ.
When you take away my outward blessings, it is for sin,
in not acknowledging that all that I have is of you,
in not serving you through what I have,
in making myself secure and hardened.
Lawful blessings are the secret idols, and do most hurt;
the greatest injury is in the having, the greatest good in taking away.
In love divest me of blessing that I may glorify you the more;
remove the fuel of my sin,
and may I prize the gain of a little holiness as overbalancing all my losses.
The more I love you with a truly gracious love
the more I desire to love you,
and the more miserable I am at my want of love;
The more I hunger and thirst after you,
the more I faint and fail in finding you,
The more my heart is broken for sin,
the more I pray it may be far more broken.
My great evil is that I do not remember the sins of my youth,
no, the sins of one day I forget the next.
Keep me from all things that turn to unbelief or lack of felt union with Christ
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.