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Into His Presence: Praying with the Puritans (Chester)

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This collection of eighty theologically rich and beautifully written prayers and meditations, adapted from Puritan prayers and prose, will enrich and deepen your prayer life.

While retaining the dignity and beauty of the original language, Tim Chester has updated key words and phrases, making the book accessible to modern readers.

Each prayer combines beautiful words with profound truths. Read during personal devotions or use to lead rich and deep corporate prayers to give weight and majesty to gathered times of worship.

Includes rich and glorious prayers from John Owen, Thomas Watson, Anne Bradstreet, Richard Baxter, and more.


  • Introduction
  • 1. Prayers of Praise to the Father
  • 2. Prayers of Wonder for the Son
  • 3. Prayers of Dependence on the Spirit
  • 4. Prayers of Gratitude
  • 5. Prayers of Confession
  • 6. Prayers of Consecration
  • 7. Prayers for Times of Temptation
  • 8. Prayers for Times of Need
  • 9. Prayers for Times of Anxiety
  • 10. Prayers for Times of Sickness
  • 11. Prayers for the Church
  • 12. Prayers for the Lord’s Supper
  • 13. Prayers for the Word
  • 14. Prayers for the Lost
  • 15. Prayers for Morning and Evening
  • 16. Prayers for Everyday Life
  • References and Biographical Notes

“These superb prayers model and teach a rich, deep devotion to God— Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Soaked in Scripture, they are wonderfully realistic about the life of faith. From a prayer for unbelieving children to a prayer with a dying Christian, with every style from the gripping logic of John Owen to the passionate warmth of Samuel Rutherford, these old believers walk with us in deepening our own lives of prayer. Tim Chester has done us a great service in editing and updating them so beautifully and clearly.” CHRISTOPHER ASH Writer in Residence, Tyndale House 

“These pages are a great gift from Dr Tim Chester to help us ‘to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever’ and to experience the love of Christ, as Paul says, ‘together with all the saints’. There is something in Into His Presence to help all of us to experience communion with God in every situation of life. Tim Chester has given us a treasure trove.” SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary 

“The Puritans knew their God, not just in their brains, but in the bruises of life’s afflictions, and they sought him with all their hearts. Tim Chester brings us into the Puritans’ prayer closet to learn from their devotion. Some of these selections are Puritan prayers, some are the thoughts and phrases of Puritan teachings freshly woven into prayers, and all are fervent pantings of the soul after the glorious, triune God.” JOEL R. BEEKE President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary