A Prayer to Understand the Word

I reserve the majority of Wednesday and Thursday for sermon preparation. As I turn to the next passage in Acts I turn with the following prayer in mind. “O GOD OF TRUTH, I thank Thee for the holy Scriptures, their precepts, promises, directions, light. In them may I learn more of Christ, be enabled to […]

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“My Trials Have Been Fewer Than My Sins”

Yesterday morning I picked up my copy of Valley of Vision and read the following prayer: “O GOD, Though I am allowed to approach Thee I am not unmindful of my sins, I do not deny my guilt, I confess my wickedness, and earnestly plead forgiveness…. …Thou has done for me all things well, hast […]

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A Prayer for Today!

As the day begins I want to share a part of a prayer from the Valley of Vision: “May I never dally with the world and its allurements, but walk by Thy side, listen to Thy voice, be clothed with Thy graces, and adorned with Thy righteousness.” (page 33) I might add as a confession […]

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God the Spirit

O LORD GOD, I pray not so much for graces as for the Spirit Himself, Because I feel His absence, and act by my own spirit in everything. Give me not weak desires but the power of His presence, For this is the surest way to have all His graces, And when I have the […]

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“Spiritus Sanctus”

I’ve spent several hours this week studying John 14:15-17 with especial attention to what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit.  I can’t wait to preach that text this Sunday, but I thought it might draw our hearts close to the text by sharing a prayer from Valley of Vision.  The title of the prayer is […]

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Let me Continually Glow and Burn out for Thee!

In Valley of Vision we find these words. “Thou art my divine treasury in whom all fullness dwells, my life, hope, joy, peace, glory, end; May I be daily more and more conformed to Thee, with the meekness and calmness of the Lamb in my soul, and a feeling sense of the felicity of heaven, […]

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What Are Your Plans For Today?

What are your plans for today?  Is this day just another day in your already busy week?  Will you stop and remember that this is the first day of the week and that it has been set aside for us to rest and worship our Savior? One of the Puritans prayed, “O Lord my Lord, […]

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Praise and Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day let me share a thought from the Valley of Vision, O MY GOD, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves Thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fulness before Thee in ceaseless flow. When […]

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A Cross Before A Crown!

O MY SAVIOR, I thank Thee from the depths of my being for Thy wondrous grace and love in bearing my sin in Thine own body on the tree. May Thy cross be to me as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs, as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty, as the brazen […]

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