Devout Prayers

It is a trespass offering: he hath certainly trespassed against the LORD.
~ Leviticus 5:19

But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
~ James 2:9

For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
~ James 2:11

And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
~ Genesis 38:7

And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
~ 2 Kings 17:17

To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
~ Psalm 69:1

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
~ Psalm 73:25-28

But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
~ Psalm 31:14

Certaine Devout Prayers of Robert Bolton, Upon Solemne Occasions. Published in 1638 in London.

Another Morning Prayer.

O LORD we beseech thee gratiously to accept this our Morning sacrifice of prayers and thankes-giving, that we poore wretches offer unto thee the GOD of all glory and Majesty.

LORD take from us all dullnesse of heart, all wicked and wandring thoughts; put into our soules the spirit of prayer with affection, zeale and fervency, that wee may rightly and reverently call upon thy great and glorious Name.

O Eternall GOD, most mighty and most fearefull, which dwellest in the highest Heavens, and with thy wise providence directest all things to an excellent end; Thou which art to the wicked and rebellious wretches a terrible Judge and consuming fire; but to the humble and repentant sinners a strong tower of defence, and their everlasting reward. We the unworthiest of all thy creatures, though the most noble by Creation; for they in their kindes and severall conditions doe thee honour and service, but wee whom thou hast plac’d in this world for a more excellent glorifying of thee, have not onely made our selves more vile then the basest creatures, and more sencelesse in thy service then the beasts that perish, but have even conspir’d with Hell, Satan and all the powers of darknesse to blaspheme and dishonour thy great Name, to profane thy Sabbaths, to breake all thy holy Lawes and Commandements.

Wee O LORD thus wretched and unworthy are here ashamed and confounded in thy presence, for our iniquities are increased over our heads and our trespasses are growen up unto the heaven, and so grievous are they that if thou shouldest require but the least of them at our hands, Satan would chalenge us for his, and we should never see thy face againe, nor the Heavens, nor the Earth, nor all the goodnesse which thou hast prepared for man. The thoughts of our hearts rise up in judgement against us; for whereas they should be meditating of thy mercies and goodnesse, of honouring thee in our vocations, whereas they should be knit fast unto thy blessed Word, O LORD, they are for the most part idle, wicked, entising, and full of the corruption of our raging concupiscence. The vanity of our talke condemneth us, for whereas our words should be spent in defending thy honour and truth, in reprehending the horrible sinnes of those amongst whom wee live, in giving grace to those that heare us, they are for the most part full of profanesse, worldlinesse and lying. The wickednesse of our deeds cry continually for vengeance and curses upon us; for besides our many and grosse sins, even our best actions are fearefully infected with privy pride and hypocrisie, whereas they should wholy and principally bee directed to thy honour and glory, they are fouly stained and corrupted with byrespects of credit, pleasure or profit. In hearing thy blessed Word, which wee should count the very crowne and garland of all our delights, we feele in our selves great want of due preparation, reverent attention, meditation and practise. In our prayers that inestimable comfort of a regenerate soule, wee are grievously vexed with dullnesse, wearinesse and by-thoughts. In all other good duties of obedience to thy holy Commandements, we want that courage, zeale and spirituall wisdome, which those excellent mercies thou hast vouchsafed us require at our hands.

O LORD for thy great mercies sake forgive us these great sinnes. When we looke upon the vilenesse of our soules, by reason of these many transgressions, we see nothing before our eyes but thy heavy wrath, and everlasting curse, the torments of hell and endlesse confusion; but yet herein standeth our comfort, wee know that to them which truly thirst after thy kingdome, which is righteousnesse and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, which faithfully desire to serve thee in sincerity, though they bee encompassed with many weakenesses, Thou art a Father of infinite mercies and everlasting compassions, and wilt passe by many infirmities of thy deare children.

Wee humbly therefore beseech thee, most gracious Father, to bury all our sinnes both before and since our calling in the grave of Christ Jesus, and hide them in his righteousnesse for evermore. There is no helpe or comfort to be had either in Heaven or in Earth, in Angels, Saints, or mortall men to our wounded consciences, but onely in the spotlesse justice of thy deare Son. Give assurance therefore we beseech thee to every one of our soules, that his pretious bloud was shed for our sinnes in particular, that wee may sensibly feele the forgivenesse of our sins, and rejoyce in the hope of eternall life.

In His blessed name we give thee all possible thankes, for those many mercies and comforts which thou hast plentifully bestowed upon us most unworthy wretches.

We thanke thee deare Father for our health, wealth and liberty; for our peace, plenty and prosperity; for our food and apparell; for our preservation from our cradle to this howre, and all the good meanes of these; but more especially for the more speciall tokens of thy great love; for these we have common with the reprobates, and those which shall never see thy face with comfort, but after a short time spent in the miserable pleasures of this vaine world, shall be turn’d to hell and everlasting fire. We thanke thee for chusing us before all worlds to be heires of Heaven and Citizens with thy Saints. We thanke thee for confirming unto us our Election by our effectuall calling. O happy be that blessed time, when thy good Spirit put the first motions into our hearts to become thy children. This is the blessing wee infinitely esteeme before al worldly comforts, and wherein is the preciousnesse of all true joy and contentment. O most loving and gracious Father, we beseech thee goe forward with the worke of this our New-birth that thou hast begun in us, and never take away thy hand unto the day of Jesus Christ. Thou hast promised, that whom thou hast loved once, thou wilt love for ever, and thou art without all shadow of change, and sooner shall the mountaines bee cast into the Sea before one jot of thy gracious promise fall unto the ground, or one title of thy Word be unaccomplisht. Take from us therefore wee beseech thee all privy pride and hypocrisie, all vanity and vaine-glory, all dullnesse, backwardnesse and security in thy service, which hang so fast on, which cleave so close unto our soules, and fearefully hinder us in the course of godlinesse, but above all things let us never fall backe againe into the grosse and horrible sinnes of our unregeneration. Reveale unto us we beseech thee all our sinnes, give us tender consciences and a continuall increase in spirituall wisedome and heavenly understanding, untill we come unto that happy strength by which the world is crucified unto us and wee unto theworld, and bee able to say out of the powerfull feeling of thy goodnesse upon our soules, with thy blessed servant David, GOD is our hope and strength and helpe in troubles ready to bee found. Therefore will we not feare though the earth bee mooved, and though the mountaines fall into the midst of the Sea. Though the waters thereof rage and be troubled, and the mountaines shake at the same.