The prayers of the saints of old...

The other day I remembered again that there is such a wealth of history and depth in Christ that the saints of old walked in. My roommate has a book of old Puritan prayers, and one of them, entitled "Spiritus Sanctus" (Latin for something like "Holy Spirit") is really powerful. I've started to pray this one regularly for the past couple of days since reading it. Now don't just read it below - pray it too, focusing on Holy Spirit who lives in you! May the communion and fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you today (2 Corinthians 13:14).

O Holy Spirit,

As the sun is full of light,
the ocean full of water,
Heaven full of glory,
so may my heart be full of thee.

Vain are all divine purposes of love
and the redemption wrought by Jesus
except thou work within,
regenerating by thy power,
giving me eyes to see Jesus,
showing me the realities of the unseen world.

Give me thyself without measure,
as an unimpaired fountain,
as inexhaustible riches.

I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,
imperfect vision, languid service,
prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.

Suffer me not to grieve or resist thee.

Come as power,
to expel every rebel lust,
to reign supreme and keep me thine;

Come as teacher,
leading me into all truth, filling me with
all understanding;

Come as love,
that I may adore the Father,
and love him as my all;

Come as joy,
to dwell in me, move in me,
animate me;

Come as light,
illuminating the Scripture,
molding me in its laws;

Come as sanctifier,
body, soul and spirit
wholly thine;

Come as helper,
with strength to bless and keep,
directing my every step.

Come as beautifier,
bringing order out of confusing,
loveliness out of chaos.

Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me,
and make me redolent of thy fragrance.

From "The Valley of Vision", a collection of Puritan prayers.

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Espiritu Santo

Oh wow, I love that.

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