Why a site about prayer?

The purpose of this site is to encourage us to each go deeper in our prayer life. One way that we do that is by praying together. Another way we do that is by praying individually yet collectively on the same prayer themes. Our hope is that as we share prayers and reflect on them and pray over them at the same time in our individual lives, the Holy Spirit will speak to each of us and allow us to encourage and edify one another in prayer.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Love Shed Abroad


My heart praises thee for the wonder
        of thy love in Jesus;
He is heaven’s darling, but is for me
  the incarnate, despised, rejected,
  crucified sin-bearer;
In him thy grace has almost out-graced itself,
In him thy love to rebels has reached its height;
O to love thee with a love like this!
My heart is stone, melt it with thy love,
My heart is locked, let thy love be the master key
    to open it;
O Father, I adore thee for thy great love
    in the gift of Jesus,
O Jesus, I bless thee for resigning thy life for me,
O Holy Spirit, I thank thee for revealing to me
    this mystery;
Great God, let thy Son see in me the travail
    of his soul!
Bring me away from my false trusts to rest in him,
    and him only.
Let me not be so callous to his merit
    as not to love him,
  so indifferent to his blood
    as not to desire cleansing.
Lord Jesus, Master, Redeemer, Saviour,
  come and take entire possession of me;
  this is thy right by purchase.
In the arms of love enfold and subdue
    my wilful spirit.
Take, sanctify, use my every faculty.
I am not ashamed of my hope,
  nor has my confidence led me into confusion.
I trusted in thee regarding my innumerable sins,
  and thou hast cast them behind thy back.
I trusted in thee when evils encompassed me,
  and thou broughtest me out into a wealthy place.
I trusted in thee in an hour of distress,
  and thou didst not fail me, though faith trembled.
O God of the eternal choice,
O God of the restored possession purchased
    on the tree,
O God of the effectual call,
Father, Son, Holy Spirit,
  I adore thy glory, honour, majesty, power,
    dominion for ever.

Excerpt from Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett, p 252-253

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lord's Day Eve


Another week has gone and I have been
in my going out,
in my coming in.
Thine has been the vigilance that has turned
threatened evils aside;
Thine the supplies that have nourished me;
Thine the comforts that have indulged me;
Thine the relations and friends that have
delighted me;
Thine the means of grace which have edified me;
Thine the Book, which, amidst all my enjoyments,
has told me that this is not my rest,
that in all successes one thing alone is needful,
to love my Saviour.
Nothing can equal the number of thy mercies
but my imperfections and sins.
These, O God, I will neither conceal nor palliate,
but confess with a broken heart.
In what condition would secret reviews
of my life leave me
were it not for the assurance that with thee
there is plenteous redemption,
that thou art a forgiving God,
that thou mayest be feared!
While I hope for pardon through the blood
of the cross,
I pray to be clothed with humility,
to be quickened in thy way,
to be more devoted to thee,
to keep the end of my life in view,
to be cured of the folly of delay and indecision,
to know how frail I am,
to number my days and apply my heart
unto wisdom.

Excerpt from Valley of Vision, by Arthur Bennett, p 352-353

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekly Collect Prayer: Feb 12

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

from the Book of Common Prayer