This Friday’s prayer from the Valley of Vision means a lot to me, as my wife, Susan, and I had an adapted version of it read at our wedding. My deep appreciation for this prayer is also based on the intensity with which the author sees his continued need for the gospel every day. How true it is that the same gospel that saves us also sanctifies us until we see the Savior face-to-face!
This morning and throughout today, pray also for those in Japan in the wake of a magnitude 8.9 earthquake/tsunami. The Philippines and nearly 20 other countries have been issued tsunami warnings as well. God is faithful to accomplish his good and sovereign purposes. May the good news of the gospel be amplified above the sounds of the earth, wind, and waves!
“BLESSED LORD JESUS,
No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel.
Acting in eternal grace, thou art both its messenger and its message,
lived out on earth through infinite compassion,
applying thy life in insult, injury, death,
that I might be redeemed, ransomed, freed.
Blessed be thou, O Father, for contriving this way,
Eternal thanks to thee, O Lamb of God, for opening this way,
Praise everlasting to thee, O Holy Spirit,
for applying this way to my heart.
Glorious Trinity, impress the gospel on my soul
until its virtue diffuses every faculty;
Let it be heard, acknowledged, professed, felt.
Teach me to secure this mighty blessing;
Help me to give up every darling lust,
to submit heart and life to its command,
to have it in my will,
controlling my affections,
moulding my understanding;
to adhere strictly to the rules of true religion,
not departing from them in any instance,
nor for any advantage in order to escape evil,
inconvenience or danger.
Take me to the cross to seek glory from its infamy;
Strip me of every pleasing pretence of righteousness by my own doings.
O gracious Redeemer,
I have neglected thee too long,
often crucified thee,
crucified thee afresh by my impenitence,
put thee to open shame.
I thank thee for the patience that has borne with me so long,
and for the grace that now makes me willing to be thine.
O unite me to thyself with inseparable bonds,
that nothing may ever draw me back from thee, my Lord, my Saviour.”
[“The Gospel Way” in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (ed. Arthur Bennett; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1975), 35.]
*For a creative way to pray through then entire collection of prayers in the Valley of Vision, click here.