I admire the Puritans! They have been given a bad reputation, mostly unfounded, because they were a group of English who believed that the church was becoming secularized, and thus, was forgetting their first love...GOD. They desired to 'purify' the church of it's ungodliness, and bring it back to honor and obedience to the Word of God.
Hear a portion of their prayers prayed over the centuries, taken from "The Valley of Vision":
Faith and the World p.107
..Thy Word is full of promises...
May I be made rich in its riches,
Be strong in its power,
Be happy in its joy,
Abide in its sweetness,
Feast on its preciousness,
Draw vigor from its manna.
Lord, increase my faith.
VOYAGE p. 110
O Lord of the Oceans,
My little bark sails on a restless sea,
Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me safely;
Suffer no adverse currents to divert my heavenward course;
Let not my faith be wrecked amid storms and shoals;
Bring me to Harbour with flying pennants,
The Family p. 113
..Let those who are united to me in tender ties
Be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
That my house may be a nursery for Heaven,
My church the garden of the Lord,
Enriched with trees of righteousness of thy planting,
For thy glory;...
MORNING NEEDS p. 118
..Teach me how to use the world, and not abuse it,
To improve my talents,
To redeem my time,
To walk in wisdom towards those without,
And in kindness to those within,
To do good to all men,
And especially to my fellow Christians...