When contemplating what I was going to write for this blog, someone recommended that I look to “The Valley of Vision”, which is a collection of old Puritan prayers. Not being a fan of poetry and things of that nature, I immediately assumed I wouldn’t like the book or find anything that I would desire to use. I was very wrong. The depth and sincerity of these writings left me in awe of those who expressed in words an immense reverence and devotion to the Lord. Among these writers are John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, David Brainerd, Richard Baxter, and Charles Spurgeon. These prayers hold profound lessons and theology; I learn many things from each one. I am convicted my selfishness and the lack of worship and depth in my own prayer life. As I read I became aware of the fact that I haven’t the ability to say it any better than these men did, nor do I desire to. I have chosen to share a specific prayer that stuck out to me. I hope you are as blessed as I was when I read it.
To Be Fit For God
THOU MAKER AND SUSTAINER OF ALL THINGS,
Day and night are thine,
heaven and earth declare thy glory;
But I, a creature of the power and bounty,
have sinned against thee by resisting the dictates of conscience,
the demands of thy law,
the calls of thy gospel;
yet I live under the dispensation of a given hope.
Deliver me from worldly dispositions,
for I am born from above and bound for glory.
May I view and long after holiness
as the beauty and dignity of the soul.
Let me never slumber, never lose my assurance,
never fail to wear the armour when passing through enemy land.
Fit me for every scene and circumstance;
Stay my mind upon thee and turn my trials to blessings,
that they may draw out my gratitude and praise
as I see their design and effects.
Render my obedience to thy will holy, natural and delightful.
Rectify all my principles by clear, consistent,
and influential views of divine truth.
Let me never undervalue or neglect any part of thy revealed will.
May I duly regard the doctrine and practice of the gospel,
prizing its commands as well as its promises.
Sanctify me in every relation, office, transaction, and condition of life,
that if I prosper I may not be unduly exalted,
if I suffer I may not be over-sorrowful.
Balance my mind in all varying circumstances
and help me to cultivate a disposition that renders every duty
a spiritual privilege.
Thus may I be content,
be a glory to thee
and an example to others.
(from the valley of vision, page 137)