Living For Jesus

I just love reading through “The Valley of Vision,” which is a book of Puritan devotions and prayers. One of my fovorites is called “Living For Jesus.” Although it is written in Old English, it really touches the heart.

Take a moment of reflection and read through this short devotion.

O Savior of Sinners,

Thy name is excellent,

Thy glory high,

Thy compassions unfailing,

Thy condescension wonderful,

Thy mercy render.

I bless thee for the discoveries, invitations,

promises of the gospel

for in them is pardon for rebels,

liberty for captives,

health for the sick,

salvation for the lost.

I come to thee in thy beloved name of Jesus;

Re-impress thy image unpon my soul;

Raise me above the smiles and frowns of the world,

Regarding it as a light thing to be judged by men;

May thy approbation be my only aim,

Thy Word my own rule.

Make me to abhor that which grieves thy

Holy Spirit,

To suspect consolations of a worldly nature,

To shun a careless way of life,

To reprove evil,

To instruct with meekness those who oppose me,

To be gentle and patient towards all men,

To be not only a professor but an example of the gospel,

Displaying in every relation, office, and condition

It’s excellency, loveliness, and advantages.

How little have I illustrated my principles

And improved my privileges!

How seldom I served my generation!

How often I injured and not recommended

My Redeemer!

How few are those blessed through me!

In many things I have offended,

In all come short of thy glory;

Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

May the Lord minister to your heart as you reflect on this reading.

References:

Arthur Bennett, Ed., The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA, 1975) 104-105.

Copyright January 6, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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