New Year

This week, I will be posting paraphrased devotions and prayers from the book called “The Valley of Vision” compiled and edited by Arthur Bennett, who was a Canon at St Albans Cathedral. According to, “Canon Bennett was sometime a Rector of Little Munden and Sacombe, Hertfordshire, and was for seventeen years a tutor in Biblical Theology and Christian Doctrine at All Nations Christian College. He died in October 1994 aged 79.”[1] Canon Bennett was highly respected all over the world for his Puritan book of prayers “The Valley of Vision” which was inspired by Isaiah 22:1. It was published by the Banner of Truth Trust in 1975 and is widely valued among theologians ever since. I will share more on Canon Bennett in a future posting.

Today’s reading is entitled “New Year” and will be paraphrased from Old English into today’s language.

Oh Lord,

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in your presence, in your service, to your glory. Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour, that I may not be one moment apart from you, but may rely on your Spirit to supply every thought, speak in every word, direct every step, prosper every work, build up every amount of faith, and give me a desire to show praise; testify your love, advance your kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with you, Oh Father, as my harbor,

You, Oh Son, at my helm, You, Oh Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt, my lamp burning, my ear open to your calls, my heart full of love, my soul free.

Give me your grace to sanctify me, your comforts to cheer, your wisdom to teach, your right hand to guide, your counsel to instruct, your law to judge, your presence to stabilize.

May your fear be my awe, your triumphs my joy.[2]

This prayer and devotion to God is a beautiful way to show our Heavenly Father how much we love Him and desire to be close to Him. I pray that you will seek and receive Christ as your savior this new year.


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[1] Date retrieved January 7, 2020.

[2] Arthur Bennett, ed., The Valley of Vision, (The Banner of Truth Trust: Edinburgh, 1975) 206-207.

Copyright January 7, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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