Here’s a devotional reading titled ‘Paradoxes’ from the book ‘The Valley of Vision’; the collection of puritan prayers and devotions. I found this to be a real stirring reading and hope it blesses you.

“O changeless God, under the conviction of thy Spirit I learn that the more I do, the worse I am, the more I know, the less I know, the more holinessI have, the more sinful I am, the more I love, the more there is to love. O wretched man that I am!

O Lord, I have a wild heart and cannot stand before thee; I am like a bird before a man. How little I love thy truth and ways! I neglect prayer, by thinking I have prayed enough and by knowing thou hast saved my soul.

Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be an evangelical hypocrite, who sins more safely because grace abounds, who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood cleanseth them, who reasons that God cannot cast him into hell, for he is saved, who loves evangelical preaching, churches, Christians, but lives unholily.

My mind is a bucket without a bottom, with no spiritual understanding, no desire for the Lord’s Day, ever learning but never reaching the truth, always at the gospel-well but never holding water.

My conscience is without conviction or resolution.

My heart is without affection, and full of leaks.

My memory has no retention, so I forget easily the lessons learned, and thy truths seep away.

Give me a broken heart that yet carries home the water of grace.”

 

 

Citation

Bennett, Arthur. The Valley of vision: a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975. Print.

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