O Lord God,
You have commanded me to believe in Jesus,
and that I would flee to no other refuge,
wash in no other fountain,
build on no other foundation,
receive from no other fullness,
rest in no other relief.
Hi water and blood were not severed in their flow at the cross,
may they never be separated in my creed and experiences;
May I be equally convinced of the guilt and pollution of my sin,
feel my need of a prince and savior,
implore of him repentance as well as forgiveness,
love holiness, and be pure in heart,
have the mind of Jesus, and follow in his steps.
Let me not be at my own disposal,
but rejoice that I am under the care of one
who is too wise to err,
too kind to injure,
too tender to crush.
Help me to guide my affections with discretion,
to owe no one anything,
to be able to give to the one in need,
to feel it my duty and pleasure to be merciful and forgiving,
to show to the world the likeness of Jesus.
The Valley of Vision A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, slightly modified
I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords