Saturday, July 10, 2010

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words ..shall be on your heart " -God

This was my Scripture reading this morning as I have been reading through the Bible. I started with Genesis a year ago or so. I simply read from heading to heading in my ESV Bible. It has been a joy, (most of the time, but not always), to wake in the morning and sit and read my Bible, drink my coffee, and pray, before heading off to work.

And here's a portion of a prayer I prayed this morning: (It's from The Valley of Vision)

"Save me from myself,
from the artifices and deceits of sin,
from the treachery of my perverse nature,
from denying thy charge against my offences,
from a life of continual rebellion against thee,
from wrong principles, views, and ends;
for I know that all my thoughts, affections,
desires and pursuits are alienated from thee.

I have acted as if I hated thee, although thou art love itself;
have contrived to tempt thee to the uttermost,
to wear out thy patience;
have lived evilly in word and action.

Had I been a prince
I would long ago have crushed such a rebel;

Had I been a father
I would long since have rejected my child.

O, thou Father of my spirit,
thou King of my life,
cast me not into destruction,
drive me not from thy presence,
but wound my heart that it may be healed;
break it that thine own hand
may make it whole". Amen.


Craver Vii said...

It can be rewarding to have some kind of plan for reading the Bible. Without a plan, I think we tend to read less.

donsands said...

I agree Craver. Even with a plan, it can be difficult to stay faithful, for me that is.

My wife has her "devotions" every single morning, without a doubt, for countless years. She is amazing.

Craver Vii said...

The Valley of Vision. Is that a book of Puritan prayers? I just saw a copy at the home of our small group hosts.

donsands said...

Yep. It's an incredibly deep and rewarding book of prayer.

have a great weekend bro.