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Spiritual Helps...The Valley of Vision

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Spiritual Helps


Eternal Father, it is amazing love, that Thou hast sent Thy Son to suffer in my stead, that Thou hast added the Spirit to teach, comfort, guide, that Thou hast allowed the ministry of angels to wall me round; all heaven subserves the welfare of a poor worm. Permit Thy unseen servants to be ever active on my behalf, and to rejoice when grace expands in me. Suffer them never to rest until my conflict is over, and I stand victorious on salvation's shore.
Grant that my proneness to evil, deadness to good, resistance to Thy Spirit's emotions, may never provoke Thee to abandon me. May my hard heart awake Thy pity, not Thy wrath, And if the enemy gets an advantage through my corruption, let it be seen that heaven is mightier than hell, that those for me are greater than those against me.
Arise to my help in richness of covenant blessings, keep me feeding in the pastures of Thy strengthening Word, searching Scripture to find Thee there. If my waywardness is visited wi…

In Prayer...

In Prayer

O Lord, in prayer I launch far out into the eternal world, and on that broad ocean my soul triumphs over all evils on the shores of mortality. Time, with its gay amusements and cruel disappointments never appears so inconsiderate as then. In prayer I see myself as nothing; I find my heart going after Thee with intensity, and long with vehement thirst to live to Thee. Blessed be the strong gales of the Spirit that speed me on my way to the New Jerusalem. In prayer all things here below vanish, and nothing seems important but holiness of heart and the salvation of others.
In prayer all my worldly cares, fears, anxieties disappear, and are of as little significance as a puff of wind. In prayer my soul inwardly exults with lively thoughts at what Thou art doing for Thy church, and I long that Thou shouldest get Thyself a great name from sinners returning to Zion. In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys; entering into the eternal wor…

Morning...

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Morning

Compassionate Lord, Thy mercies have brought me to the dawn of another day. Vain will be its gift unless I grow in grace, increase in knowledge, ripen for spiritual harvest. Let me this day know Thee as Thou art, love Thee supremely, serve Thee wholly, admire Thee fully. Through grace let my will respond to Thee, knowing that power to obey is not in me, but that Thy free love alone enables me to serve Thee. Here then is my empty heart, overflow it with Thy choicest gifts; here is my blind understanding, chase away its mists of ignorance.
O ever watchful Shepherd, lead, guide, tend me this day; without Thy restraining rod I err and stray. Hedge up my path lest I wander into unwholesome pleasure, and drink its poisonous streams; direct my feet that I be not entangled in Satan's secret snares, nor fall into his hidden traps. Defend me from assailing foes, from evil circumstances, from myself. My adversaries are part and parcel of my nature; they cling to me as my very skin; I…

Heart Corruptions...

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Heart Corruptions


O God, may Thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to thee. I have no merit, let

the merit of Jesus stand for me. I am undeserving, but I look to Thy tender mercy. I am

full of infirmities, wants, sin; Thou art full of grace.

I confess my sin, my frequent sin, my wilful sin; all my powers of body and soul

are defiled: a fountain of pollution is deep within my nature. There are chambers of foul

images within my being; I have gone from one odious room to another, walked in a noman's-

land of dangerous imaginations, pried into the secrets of my fallen nature.

I am utterly ashamed that I am what I am in myself; I have no green shoot in me

nor fruit, but thorns and thistles; I am a fading leaf that the wind drives away; I live bare

and barren as a winter tree, unprofitable, fit to be hewn down and burnt. Lord, dost Thou

have mercy on me?

Thou hast struck a heavy blow at my pride, at the false god of self, and I lie in

pieces before Thee. But Thou hast given me another…

Grace...

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Grace Active


O God, may Thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to Thee. I Lord Jesus, great

high priest, Thou hast opened a new and living way by which a fallen creature can

approach Thee with acceptance.

Help me to contemplate the dignity of Thy Person, the perfectness of Thy

sacrifice, the effectiveness of Thy intercession.

O what blessedness accompanies devotion, when under all the trials that weary

me, the cares that corrode me, the fears that disturb me, the infirmities that oppress me,

I can come to Thee in my need and feel peace beyond understanding!

The grace that restores is necessary to preserve, lead, guard, supply, help me.

And here Thy saints encourage my hope; they were once poor and are now rich, bound

and are now free, tried and now are victorious.

Every new duty calls for more grace than I now possess, but not more than is

found in Thee, the divine treasury in whom all fullness dwells. To Thee I repair for grace

upon grace, until every void made by sin be replenished…

Hearts...Love...Red...Pink...

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Power and Wisdom

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Prov. 1 wisdom with Isaiah 40 power and wisdom of God…how does this change our perspective of God and his wisdom.

Wisdom’s Rebuke

Proverbs 1:
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
21 on top of the wall[d] she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
25 since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
t…

Evening...Puritan Prayers...Rich in Truth!

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Evening Praise


Giver of all, another day is ended and I take my place beneath my great

redeemer's cross, where healing streams continually descend, where balm is poured into

every wound, where I wash anew in the all-cleansing blood, assured that Thou seest in

me no spots of sin. Yet a little while and I shall go to Thy home and be no more seen;

help me to gird up the loins of my mind, to quicken my step, to speed as if each moment

were my last, that my life be joy, my death glory.

I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this world—the refreshing air, the light

of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that

shelters, the sleep that gives rest, the starry canopy of night, the summer breeze, the

flowers' sweetness, the music of flowing streams, the happy endearments of family,

kindred, friends. Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort. My cup runs

over. Suffer me not to be insensible to these daily mercies. Thy hand besto…

Divine Support

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Thou art the blessed God, happy in Thyself, source of happiness in Thy creatures,

my maker, benefactor, proprietor, upholder. Thou hast produced and sustained me,

supported and indulged me, saved and kept me; Thou art in every situation able to meet

my needs and miseries. May I live by Thee, live for Thee, never be satisfied with my Christian progress but
as I resemble Christ; and may conformity to His principles, temper, and conduct grow
hourly in my life. Let Thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render
my duty my delight. If others deem my faith folly, my meekness infirmity, my zeal
madness, my hope delusion, my actions hypocrisy, may I rejoice to suffer for Thy name.
Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights, that
paradise-land which is my true inheritance. Support me by the strength of heaven that I
may never turn back, or desire false pleasures that will disappear into nothing. As I
pursue my heavenly journey by Thy grace let me be known a…

Devotion...

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God of my end, it is my greatest, noblest pleasure to be acquainted with Thee and
with my rational, immortal soul; it is sweet and entertaining to look into my being when
all my powers and passions are united and engaged in pursuit of Thee, when my soul
longs and passionately breathes after conformity to Thee and the full enjoyment of Thee;
no hours pass away with so much pleasure as those spent in communion with Thee and
with my heart.
O how desirable, how profitable to the Christian life is a spirit of holy
watchfulness and godly jealousy over myself when my soul is afraid of nothing except
grieving and offending Thee, the blessed God, my Father and friend, whom I then love
and long to please, rather than be happy in myself! Knowing, as I do, that this is the
pious temper, worthy of the highest ambition, and closest pursuit of intelligent creatures
and holy Christians, may my joy derive from glorifying and delighting Thee. I long to fill
all my time for Thee, whether at home or in the way; to p…

He shall gather the lambs...

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"He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom."
- Isaiah 40:11
Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of his flock draw forth his compassion. It is his office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, he purchased them with blood, they are his property: he must and will care for that which cost him so dear. Then he is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of his glory and reward.

But how may we understand the expression, "He will carry them"? Sometimes he carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are "carried" by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up …

The Deeps

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Hope you are enjoying these puritan prayers as much as me! LOVE THEM!

Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach.
Help me chastely to flee it and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Thine alone.
Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in Thee, the ground
of my rest, the spring of my being. Give me a deeper knowledge of Thyself as saviour,
master, lord, and king. Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Thy
Word, more steadfast grip on its truth. Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought,
action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from Thee.
Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a
tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in me,
Thy beauty golden like summer harvest, Thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty.
I have no master but Thee, no law but Thy will, no delight but Thyself, no wealth
but that Thou givest, no good but that Thou blessest…

Contentment

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Heavenly Father, if I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty,
make my heart prize Thy love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all
blessings. It is Thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my
sins, and desire severance from them. Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows,
temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with
gratitude to Thee, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of Thy love.
When thy Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin He became more dear to
me than sin had formerly been; His kindly rule replaced sin's tyranny. Teach me to
believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued I must not only labour to overcome it,
but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it, and He must become to me more than
vile lust had been; that His sweetness, power, life may be there. Thus I must seek a grace
from Him contrary to sin, but must not claim it apart from Himself.
When I am afr…

Confession and Petition

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Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and
unbelief, of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word, of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life.
My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless
Thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to
subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of
the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do Thou rule over
me in liberty and power.
I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and
do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and
been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering 'no' to my wrongful
prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base
aspiration, everything contrary to Thy rule. I thank Thee for Thy wisdom and Thy love, for
all the acts of discipline to which I a…