The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation.
In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first
importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the
characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may
therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan
tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which
constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature. Too
often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The
reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here
that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary
in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not
to 'supply' prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he
treads the path on which others have gone before.