The Puritans on Prayer

The Puritans on Prayer

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Do you desire greater fellowship with God? The Puritans did, and this collection of their writings on prayer invites us to join them. They not only call us to prayer, but they also explain its various facets and instruct us on how to thrive in it. Here is encouragement in the duty and privilege of pouring out your soul to the Lord.

Works included in this volume:

  • The Saint’s Daily Exercise by John Preston
  • The Spirit of Prayer by Nathaniel Vincent
  • Secret Prayer Successfully Managed by Samuel Lee

One of the marks of a hypocrite, according to Jonathan Edwards, is the absence of prayer, the essential language of a reborn soul. The Puritans exemplified a life of prayer, and this collection of three classic Puritan articles provide their practical advice for us on how to improve the quality and fervency of our own prayers.

John Preston’s The Saint's Daily Exercise is the quintessential Puritan work on prayer.

Nathaniel Vincent’s The Spirit of Prayer is full of practical exhortations for perseverance in prayer.

Samuel Lee’s Secret Prayer Successfully Managed meditates on the quiet joys of spontaneous communion with God.


Editor’s Note

The Saint’s Daily Exercise by John Preston

To the Reader

Sermon One: “What Prayer Is”

Sermon Two: “Praying Continually and Impediments”

Sermon Three: “Cases of Conscience”

Sermon Four: “What Makes Prayer Acceptable”

Sermon Five: “Questions and Answers”


The Spirit of Prayer by Nathaniel Vincent


Doctrine One: Praying Always

Doctrine Two: All Prayer

Doctrine Three: Supplication in the Spirit

Doctrine Four: Watch in Prayer

Doctrine Five: Persevere in Prayer

Doctrine Six: Supplication for All Saints


Secret Prayer Successfully Managed, by Samuel Lee

Life of the Author

Secret Prayer Successfully Managed

Directions, Special and Peculiar to Secret Prayer

How to Discover and Discern Answers to Secret Prayer

Some Particular Queries

Ejaculatory Prayer

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