Reprinted from: The Valley of Vision

A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotionals

Edited by: Arthur Bennett

Published by: The Banner of Truth Trust





I hang on thee; I see, believe, live,

when thy will, not mine is done;

I can plead nothing in myself

in regard to any worthiness and grace,

in regard of thy providence and promises,

but only thy good pleasure.

If thy mercy make me poor and vile, blessed be thou!

Prayers arising from my needs are preparations for

future mercies;

Help me to honour thee by believing before I feel,

for great is the sin if I make feeling a

cause of faith.


Show me what sins hide thee from me

and eclipse they love;

Help me to humble myself for past evils,

to be restored to walk with more care,

For if I do not walk holily before thee,

how can I be assured of my salvation?


It is the meek and humble who are shown

thy covenant,

know thy will, are pardoned and healed,

who by faith depend and rest upon grace,

who are sanctified and quickened,

who evidence thy love.

Help me to pray in faith and so find thy will,

by leaning hard on thy rich free mercy,

by believing thou wilt give what thou hast


Strengthen me to pray with conviction

that whatever I receive is thy gift,

so that I may pray until prayer be granted;

Teach me to believe that all degrees of mercy arise

from several degrees of prayer,

that when faith is begun it is imperfect and

must grow,

as chapped ground open wider and wider

until rain comes.


So shall I wait thy will, pray for it to be done,

and by thy grace become fully obedient.