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From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

Edited by Arthur Bennett

Published by The Banner of Truth Trust




In the way of thy appointment I am waiting

for thee,

My desire is to thy name,

My mind to remembrance of thee.

I am a sinner, but not insensible of my state.

My iniquities are great and numberless,

but thou art adequate to my relief,

for thou art rich in mercy;

the blood of thy Son can cleanse from all sins;

the agency of thy Spirit can subdue

my most powerful lusts.

Give me a tender, wakeful conscience

that can smite and torment me when I sin.


May I be consistent in conversation and conduct,

the same alone as in company,

in prosperity and adversity,

accepting all thy commandments as right,

and hating every false way.

May I never be satisfied with my present

spiritual progress,

but to faith add virtue, knowledge, temperance,

godliness, brotherly kindness, charity.

May I never neglect

what is necessary to constitute Christian character,

and needful to complete it.

May I cultivate the expedient,

develop the lovely, adorn the gospel,

recommend the religion of Jesus,

accommodate myself to thy providence.


Keep me from sinking or sinning in the evil day;

Help me to carry into ordinary life portions

of divine truth

and use them on suitable occasions, so that

its doctrines may inform,

its warnings caution,

its rules guide,

its promises comfort me.