The Valley of Vision- A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Personally extracted from the preface:

The Puritan Movement was a religious phenomenon of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, yet its influence continued at least to the time of Charles Haddon Spurgeon [1834-1892] who may be regarded as the last of the great Puritans… The strength of Puritan character and life lay in the practice of prayer and meditation. A poetic form has been adopted throughout as an aid to easier comprehension and utterance. Each prayer consists of a number of main clauses with subsidiaries that illuminate and enlarge the subject. In this way an opportunity is provided for pauses and reflections. The book is not intended to be read as a prayer manual. The soul learns to pray by praying; for prayer is communion with at transcendent and immanent God who on the ground of his nature and attributes calls forth all the powers of the redeemed soul in acts of total adoration and dedication. – Arthur Bennett

Introductory: The Valley of Vision 

LORD, HIGH AND HOLY, MEEK AND LOWLY,

Thou has brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see the in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

thy life in my death,

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty,

thy glory in my valley.

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