The Last Prayer of Oliver Cromwell
According to historians, a fairly large number of people were gathered at Oliver Cromwell’s bedside and were witnesses to his last prayer. Cromwell, of whom one of our own founding fathers, John Adams, gave so much credit to for England’s freedom and liberty that he gave an impromptu speech at the site of one of Cromwell’s battles, and said that all England should come there once a year in pilgrimage to honor him.
Cromwell who not only secured liberty for England, but put an end to the banishment of the Jews, halted the slaughter of the Waldensians in the Piedmont by the mere suggestion of leading an army in their defense, and also secured protection for the long persecuted Huguenots of France. Working every way and everywhere, tirelessly, to secure the fruits of the reformation and its return to Sola Scriptura. Even the Irish have began to admit that they have for far too long abused Cromwell, unfairly making him the scapegoat of a long held revisionism of his invasion of Ireland.
His last prayer; ( slightly abbreviated)
Lord, though I am a miserable and wretched creature, I am in covenant with Thee through grace. And if I may, I will come to Thee for Thy people.
Thou hast made me, though very unworthy, a mean instrument to do them some good…and many of them have set too high a value upon me, while others wish me dead and would be glad of my death.
Lord, no matter how thou dispose of me, continue to do them good….Forgive their sins and do not forsake them, but love and bless them.
Give them consistency of judgment, one heart, and mutual love, and go on and deliver them with the work of reformation and make the Name of Christ glorious in the world.
Teach those that look too much on Thy instruments to look more upon Thyself. And pardon those who desire to trample on the dust of a poor worm, they are Thy people too.
Pardon the folly of this short prayer and give me rest for Jesus Christ’s sake, to whom, with Thee and Thy Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, for now and forever, Amen
Oliver Cromwell, Sept. 3, 1658