A friend and I were exchanging thoughts about a “word for the year.” She shared the phrase “deeper still” and it resonated with me. Today, I found this prayer in The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan prayers. It expresses well what I would like to be more true of me in this year.
Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach;
Help me chastely to flee it, and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Thine alone,
Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in Thee, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being.
Give me a deeper knowledge of Thyself as Savior, Master, Lord and King.
Give me a deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Thy Word, more steadfast grip on its truth.
Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from Thee.
Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in me, thy beauty golden like summer harvest, thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty….
Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.¹
What are you asking God for this year?
Love this. Love Valley of Vision! Thanks, AB.
I love it, too. Makes me see things from different angles. thanks, Judy.
I love Valley of Vision! It’s my favorite go-to book for devotion and reflection.
we could probably form a fan club!
Thank you for this, loved it! Prayer is my goal and desire for this year.
thanks, Kim. loved your post and the quotes from Spurgeon, especially this one Prayer is the breath, the password, the comfort, the strength and the privilege of a Christian.” ck out Kim’s site Inside Out at http://kimlenon.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/devote-yourself-to-prayer/
Andrea,That is one of my favorite quotes too! Thank you so much for sharing my post!
Simply fabulous – I’ll join the fan club!
This prayer is a rich one and so timely. Our church goal for 2013 is “Deeper.” You can bet I’m “stealing” this one to pass along to my congregation! Blessings to you in 2013 Andrea.
Hi, Brian! wow, I’ll be interested to follow what’s happening at your church. Are you or others blogging?
Love the deeper still approach to an intentional year ahead!
thanks, Dianne! amazing how one word can help you in all kinds of ways!
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blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!
Thanks, Ivey, for the encouragement. staying consistent is the tough part for me. hope to see you here again soon!
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