Learning and Living the God-centered life

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A Puritan Prayer

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision. Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine; let me find Thy light in my darkness, Thy life in my death, Thy joy in my sorrow, Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.

- Taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett. Reformatted by Eternal Life Ministries.

Learn to prepare your heart with prayer

The key to Spirit filled Bible reading, study and devotion time is to prepare the heart. This is a non-negotiable when it comes to getting back to God’s word in order for God’s word to get back into you. Many times in our study time we just launch into the word of God with little to no thought about heart preparation. Therefore I thought it might help to teach by example. This is a prayer of preparation from our Tuesday night men’s Bible study.