The Valley of Vision
Summary: A Christian must pray. So many of us know the proper parts of prayer : Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. But as we sit and try to focus on these aspects, our mind wanders or our heart is unmoved. Our prayers are often so stale and unfit for the living God. This book is full of prayers written by godly men who were enthralled with the Lord. There are many topics that one can flip to when found in different circumstances. These prayers can be prayed, or they can be read as an aid to lift our hearts and minds into a better frame of mind to pray.
Personal Thoughts: I have referenced this book many times. It sits on the shelf right beside the spot where I spend my morning prayers. I confess my heart is often cold, my thoughts sluggish; the words held within these pages have often kindled a greater desire to pray as I meditated upon the beauty of the Lord. This book has given me words to pray and it has given me a deeper awe for the Lord as many of these prayers magnify some aspect or attribute of our God. This book has brought a lot of maturity to my prayers, moving me away from those quick and generic petitions and typical requests that once permeated my prayers. I would encourage you to find a copy to slowly and meditatively digest. With the Spirit's help, you will certainly grow in prayer and love for the Lord.
Prayer on Penitence:
O Lord Of Grace,
I have been hasty and short in private prayer,
O quicken my conscience to feel this folly, to bewail this ingratitude;
My first sin of the day leads into others,
and it is just that thou shouldst withdraw thy presence
from one who waited carelessly on thee.
Keep me at all times from robbing thee,
and from depriving my soul of thy due worship;
Let me never forget that I have an eternal duty to love, honour and obey thee,
that thou art infinitely worthy of such;
that if I fail to glorify thee
I am guilty of infinite evil that merits infinite punishment,
for sin is the violation of an infinite obligation.
O forgive me if I have dishonoured thee,
Melt my heart, heal my backslidings, and open an intercourse of love.
When the fire of thy compassion warms my inward man,
And the outpourings of thy Spirit fill my soul,
then I feelingly wonder at my own depravity, and deeply abhor myself;
then thy grace is a powerful incentive to repentance,
and an irresistible motive to inward holiness.
May I never forget that thou hast my heart in thy hands.
Apply to it the merits of Christ’s atoning blood whenever I sin.
Let thy mercies draw me to thyself.
Wean me from all evil, mortify me to the world,
and make me ready for my departure hence
animated by the humiliations of penitential love.
My soul is often a chariot without wheels,
clogged and hindered in sin’s miry clay;
Mount it on eagle’s wings
and cause it to soar upward to thyself.