Eternal Father,-A prayer from "The Valley of Vision".
"It is amazing,
that Thou hast sent Thy Sonto 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 sub-serves 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 motions,
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
Arise to my help in richness of covenant blessings,
Keep me feeding in the pastures of Thy
searching Scripture to find Thee there.
If my waywardness is visited with a scourge,
enable me receive correction meekly,
to bless the reproving hand,
to discern the motive of rebuke,
to respond promptly, and do the first work.
Let all Thy fatherly dealings make me a partaker
of Thy holiness.
Grant that in every fall I may sink lower
on my knees,
and that when I rise it may be to loftier heights
May my every cross be sanctified,
every loss be gain,
every denial a spiritual advantage,
every dark day a light of the Holy Spirit,
every night of trial a song."
And I ask Lord that You would hear these same words You heard so many years ago from Your saint and servant from me as well. I pray them with all my heart. Amen.