This morning I had the privilege of leading worship at Stevens Street with several of our students. We opened the service with a hymn by Bob Kauflin from the Sovereign Grace Music album “Valley of Vision” (which you can stream for free online here), based on prayers from the Puritan prayer book by the same name.
After singing “Let Your Kingdom Come”, one of our students read a modified version of the prayer on which the hymn is based, which I altered to “modernize” the language as well as make it a corporate rather than individual prayer. Here’s the song and prayer; may it bless you as it has me!
God’s Cause (Modernized)
Your cause, not our own, engages our hearts, and we appeal to you to set up Your kingdom in every place where Satan reigns.
Glorify yourself and we will rejoice, for to bring honor to your name is all we desire.
We love you because you are God, and long that others should know it, feel it, and rejoice in it.
O that all men might love and praise you! That you might have all gloryfrom the whole world! Let sinners be brought to you for your great name!
To our own understanding, everything respecting the conversion of others is as dark as midnight, but you can accomplish great things; the cause is your own, and it is to your glory that men will be saved.
Lord, use us as you will, do with us what you will; but, O, promote your cause! Let your kingdom come, let your purposes be advanced in this world!
Bring people in great numbers to Jesus! Let us see that glorious day, and give us hearts to pray for the salvation of souls; let us be willing to die to that end, and while we live let us work for you with all our strength, using our time wisely in this work, both in health and in weakness.
It is your cause and your kingdom we long for, not our own, so Father, answer this request! We ask it in Jesus’ name.
You can find the original, unaltered version of this prayer here.