Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jesus My Glory

I read this prayer this morning from a wonderful little book of prayers the Puritans wrote called, The Valley of Vision. I thought it was amazing! These writings by men of old all seem to be new every time I read them.


Thou hast commanded me to believe in Jesus;
  and I would flee to no other refuge,
  wash in on other fountain,
  build on no other foundation,
  receive from no other fullness,
  rest in no other relief.
His water and blood were not severed
  in their flow at the cross,
  may they never be separated in my creed
    and experiences;
May I be equally convinced of the guilt
    and pollution sin,
  feel my need of a prince and saviour,
  implore of him repentance as well as forgiveness,
  love holiness, and be pure in heart,
  have the mind of Jesus, and tread in his steps.
Let me not be at my own disposal,
  but rejoice that I am under the care of one
  who is too wise to err,
    too kind to injure,
    too tender to crush.
May I scandalize none by my temper and conduct,
    but recommend and endear Christ to all around,
    bestow good on every one as circumstances
   and decline no opportunity of usefulness.
Grant that I may value my substance,
   not as the medium of pride and luxury,
   but as the means of my support and stewardship.
Help me to guide my affections with discretion,
  to owe no man anything,
  to be able to give to him that needeth,
  to feel it my duty and pleasure to be merciful
    and forgiving,
  to show to the world the likeness of Jesus.

               ~The Valley of Vision~

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