Monday, March 7, 2011

Morning from Valley of Vision

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....

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.....

Come with almighty power amd cast him out, pierce him to death,
and abolish in me every particle of carnal life this day.

From Valley of Vision - A collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

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