Monday, October 5, 2009

Valley of Vision

Have you seen this book of puritan prayers and devotions?

I learned about it from Kristine - she is a fantastic resource and I am blessed to know her! I purchased the book recently and am downloading the music album (see below) as I write this.

Challies, a blog I read at times posted this beautiful and powerful prayer from it tonight and as I read it, I thought I should share it with all of you who love and care for your families. That our houses may be nurseries for heaven. What an idea!

Thou art the Creator-Father of all men, for thou hast made and dost support them;
Thou art the special Father of those who know, love and honour thee,
who find thy yoke easy, and thy burden light,
thy work honourable,
thy commandments glorious.
But how little thy undeserved goodness has affected me!
how imperfectly have I improved my religious privileges!
how negligent have I been in doing good to others!
I am before thee in my trespasses and sins,
have mercy on me,
and may thy goodness bring me to repentance.
Help me to hate and forsake every false way,
to be attentive to my condition and character,
to bridle my tongue,
to keep my heart with all diligence,
to watch and pray against temptation,
to mortify sin,
to be concerned for the salvation of others.
O God, I cannot endure to see the destruction of my kindred.
Let those that are united to me in tender ties
be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
instruction, discipline, example,
that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with trees of righteousness of thy planting,
for thy glory;
Let not those of my family who are amiable, moral, attractive,
fall short of heaven at last;
Grant that the promising appearances of a tender conscience,
soft heart, the alarms and delights of thy Word,
be not finally blotted out,
but bring forth judgment unto victory in all whom I love.

Here is the music album of songs that draw from these prayers. Click on the album cover for the link. "In the Valley" is just beautiful.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you are enjoying that book. Isn't it wonderful? We could really grow in our prayer life by reading those prayers full of deep truths about the nature of God and our own fallen nature. I love that cd, too. The title song is wonderful.