Valley of Vision Prayer Series

Discipleship Resource Valley of VisionValley of Vision Remix  One of the things we offer on Hope Discipleship, is re-writing a selection of prayers taken from ”The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.”

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Valley of Vision

Adapted from “Valley of Vision”, Valley of Vision – p. 1

Lord, High and Holy, meek and lowly,
You have brought me to the Valley of Vision,
Where I live in the depths that I might see You in the heights;
Where I am hemmed in by mountains of sin, I behold Your 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 everything,
  • 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 the stars can be seen from inside the deepest wells,
And so it is, the deeper the well I am in, the brighter Your stars shine;
So, let me find Your light in my darkness,

Let me find…

  • Your life in my death,
  • Your joy in my sorrow,
  • Your grace in my sin,
  • Your riches in my poverty,
  • Your glory in my valley

May the scales that blind my eyes be destroyed in this valley of suffering,
so that this valley becomes…  A Valley of Vision

2 / Fountain of Everything Good

God.  You are the fountain of everything that is good.Valley of Vision

And yet there is in me the desire
to imagine myself to be this fountain, instead of you
In my sin, I imagine myself to be a god –
self-dependent, self-powered, and self-glorified
This estimation of myself needs to die

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7 / Beautiful Attractive God

Valley of VisionMy God, Your grace is like a magnet – drawing me to all that is truly attractive. And what I find truly attractive is most beautiful in you.

  • I am attracted to honor and rejoicing – I find these things most beautiful in you
  • I am attracted to glory and virtue – I find these things most beautiful in you
  • I am attracted to seeing the hand of Deity in the created world – I find these things most beautiful in you as I see you speaking, acting, filling, and shining forth in all that you have made.

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8 / Mover of My Soul

O Triune God,Valley of Vision
You are the Mover of my soul.
Without you – my soul, my heart, my affections –
All these would still be unmoved, unyielding, and following their natural courses to drown in a barren sea
But God, being rich in merciful love –
You woke me up. You moved the soul in me.

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71 / The Dark Guest

This Dark Guest.  This Hidden Passenger.Valley of Vision

O Lord, in misguided, fleshly repentance, I would pray this:
“Bend my hands or even cut them off…”

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81 / Purified by Grace

Lord Jesus, I am sinful.Valley of Vision

Help me that I may
never cease grieving because of my sin,
never be content with myself,
never think I can reach a point of perfection.

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172 / Grace of the Cross

O my Jesus, I thank You from the depths of my beingValley of Vision
For Your wondrous grace and love
In bearing my sin in Your own body on the tree.

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222 / God’s Good Pleasure

Valley of VisionO Sovereign Lord,
Your Will is supreme in heaven and earth,
All things are orchestrated by your hands
All beings are created by just the whisper of your voice.
You are the author of our lives;
Your instruction gives us understanding,
Your providence governs our steps.

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