From the Valley of Vision: a Glimpse of Glory

Sabbath Slow-Down for Friday, July 3 (’14)


Few would say reading and knowing well the Puritans is a waste of time.  For this Sabbath, here is a Puritan prayer from the book Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.  Let it bring it you great comfort while you prepare with your family for worship of the Great King, especially knowing that thousands of other Christians have said these words with you over the years.

Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home, may my life be steeped in prayer, filled with the spirit of grace and supplication, each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood.  Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to th0851518214me realm of unceasing praise.  Urged by my need, invited by thy promises, called by thy Spirit, I enter they presence, worshiping thee with godly fear, awed by thy majesty, greatness, glory, but encouraged by thy love.  I am all poverty as well as guilt, having nothing of my own with which to repay thee, but I bring Jesus to thee in the arms of faith, pleading his righteousness to offset my iniquities, rejoicing that he will weigh down the scales for me, and satisfy thy justice.  I bless thee that great sin draws out great grace, that, although the least sin deserves infinite punishment because done against an infinite God, yet there is mercy for me, for where guilt is most terrible, there thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep.  Bless me by revealing to me more of his saving merits, by causing thy goodness to pass before me, by speaking peace to my contrite heart; Strengthen me to give thee no rest until Christ shall reign supreme within me, in every thought, word, and deed, in a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to thee, and ever clings to the cross.

Amen.

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