The Valley of Vision

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions is, by far, my favorite book of devotions. Arthur Bennett has collected prayers by men such as Thomas Shephard, Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, William Williams, Philip Doddridge, William Romaine, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law and Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Each prayer provides the reader an opportunity to meditate on the sin that afflicts the believer, and the grace that carries him. The following is just one example of the blessings that await the reader who takes the time to read this marvelous compilation.

O SUPREME MOVING CAUSE,

May I always be subordinate to thee,
be dependent upon thee,
be found in the path where thou dost walk,
and where thy Spirit moves,
take heed of estrangement from thee,
of becoming insensible to thy love.

Thou dost not move men like stones,
but dost endue them with life,
not to enable them to move without thee,
but in submission to thee, the first mover.

O Lord, I am astonished at the difference
between my receivings and my deservings,
between the state I am now in and my past
gracelessness,
between the heaven I am bound for and
the hell I merit.

Who made me to differ, but thee?
for I was no more ready to receive Christ
than were others;
I could not have begun to love thee hadst thou not first loved me,
or been willing unless thou hadst made me so.

O that such a crown should fit the head of such a sinner!
such high advancement be for an unfruitful
person!
such joys for so vile a rebel!

Infinite wisdom cast the design of salvation
into the mould of purchase and freedom;

Let wrath deserved be written on the door of hell,
but the free gift of grace on the gate of heaven.

I know that my sufferings are the result of my sinning,
but in heaven both shall cease;

Grant me to attain this haven and be done
with sailing,
and may the gales of thy mercy blow me safely
into harbour.

Let thy love draw me nearer to thyself,
wean me from sin, mortify me to this world,
and make me ready for my departure hence.

Secure me by thy grace as I sail across this
stormy sea.

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1 Comment

  1. Sandra A. said,

    March 19, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    It is Friday a.m., and I am readying myself for quiet time with the Father and this blessed prayer is starting that prayer time with great humbleness and thankfulness.
    Thank you, Clifton for being obedient to the Spirit to share what He lays on your heart. I benefit so greatly from it. Be blessed, my brother in Christ.


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