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The Valley of Vision
« on: July 10, 2007, 03:57:31 PM »
I recently purchased a book of Puritan prayers called "The Valley of Vision". It is a book of Puritan prayers written mostly during the 1600's. The benefit of this book is not to show you how to pray or to give you a prayer to pray but it shows the proper condition of the heart before God in numerous instances. The Puritans were also exceptionally well schooled in theology and doctrine and it shows in their prayers. If the church could field Christians who could pray like this today the church or our nation would not be in the state that it currently is suffering.

The following is an excerpt from this book.

My Father,

When thou art angry towards me for my wrongs
I try to pacify thee by abstaining from future sin;
But teach me
that I cannot satisfy thy law,
that this effort is a resting in my righteousness,
that only Christ's righteousness ready made,
already finished, is fit for that purpose;
that thy chastising me for my sin is not that
I should try to reform, but only that I may be more humbled,
afflicted and seperated from sin, by being reconciled,
and made righteous in Christ by faith;
that a sense of my sufficiency and ability in him
is one means of my being immovable;
that I can never be so resting on my own faith,
but by trusting in thee as my only support, by faith;
that if I cast away my faith I cast awy thee,
for by faith I apprehend thee,
and as thou art very precious,
so is my faith very precious to me;
that I fall short of the purity thou requirest,
because in thinking I am holy I do not
seek holiness,
or, believing I am impotent, I do no more.
Humble me for not being as holy as I should be,
or as holy as I might be through Christ,
for thou art all, and to possess thee is to possess all.
But to make the creature something
is to make is to make it stand between thee and me,
so that I do not walk humbily and holily.
Lord, forgive me for this.
John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me."
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