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Praying Encouragment

Here is a sample from the great prayer book The Valley of the Vision.

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Holy Lord,

How little repentance there is in the world, and how many sins I have to repent of!  I am troubled for my sin of passion (anger), for the shame and horror of it as an evil; I purpose to give way to it no more, and come to thee for strength to that end.  Most men give vent to anger frequently and are overcome but it, bringing many excuses and extenuations for it, as that it occurs suddenly, that they delight not in it, that they are sorry afterwards, that godly men commit it.  They thus seek peace after outbursts of passion by entire forgetfulness of it, or, by skinning over their wound, they hope for healing without peace in Christ’s blood.  Lord God, I know that my sudden anger arises when things cross me, and I desire to please only myself, not Christ; There is in all wrongs and crosses a double cross – that which crosses me, and that which crosses thee; In all good things there is somewhat that pleases me, somewhat that pleases thee; My sin is that my heart is pleased or troubled as things please or trouble me, without my having a regard to Christ; Thus, I am like Eli, the subject of punishment for not rebuking sin; whereas I should humbly confess my sin and fly to the bloom of Christ for pardon and peace.  Give me, then, repentance, true brokenness, lasting contrition, for these things thou wilt not despise in spite of my sin.

I know when I’m struggling with a lack of prayer in my life, this little prayer book often encourages my soul back before the throne of grace where it belongs!  It is there that I am reminded…

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I am
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Our Great God says in Jeremiah 33:3 and Psalm 62:8,

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

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