Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

08 March 2010

Morning Needs

I thought I might start sharing, from time to time, the occasional prayer from The Valley of Vision which is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions edited by Arthur Bennett.

My first choice, "Morning Needs" (p. 218), steeped in direct and indirect references to Scripture, is an amazing prayer for starting the day.  I have enjoyed using this prayer some mornings, especially when I am at a loss to know what to pray in my own words.  It captures the needs of my day so wonderfully.

O God, the Author of all good,

I come to thee for the grace another day
    will require for its duties and events.
  I step out into a wicked world,
  I carry about with me an evil heart,
  I know that without thee I can do nothing,
    that everything with which I shall be concerned,
    however harmless in itself,
    may prove an occasion of sin or folly,
    unless I am kept by thy power.
Hold thou me up and I shall be safe.
Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error,
  my affections from love of idols,
  my character from stain of vice,
  my profession from every form of evil.
May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore thy blessing,
  and in which I cannot invite thy inspection.
Prosper me in all lawful undertakings,
  or prepare me for disappointments;
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with food convenient for me,
  lest I be full and deny thee
  and say, Who is the Lord?
  or be poor, and steal, and take thy name in vain.
May every creature be made good to me
  by prayer and thy will;
Teach me how to use the world, and not abuse it,
  to improve my talents,
  to redeem my time,
  to walk in wisdom toward those without,
    and in kindness to those within,
  to do good to all men,
    and especially to my fellow Christians,
And to thee be the glory.


[Photo of a Galapagos tortoise at our local zoo, having his morning shower. 
We were there at just the right time!  With a camera!!]

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I have the Valley of Vision too, it is fantastic. I need to use it more when I struggle to pray.