The “Valley of Vision” is one of my favorite books to read along with my Bible for devotional purposes. Valley of Vision is a book of Puritan prayers, so the language is very “old English” and sometimes needs a little work to translate to today’s vernacular, but the book is rich with spiritual insight and wisdom. You can purchase your own copy at most Christian book stores, or you can order it here at CBD online.
The prayer I’ve copied below is one that I read when I first entered full-time ministry. I have been so blessed and encouraged through this prayer – I return to it time and time again as a plea to God that He would strengthen me in faith and in life and teach me to love others as He has loved me. There’s nothing magical about this prayer, but I hope that as you pray it you find yourself as blessed by this prayer as I have been.
O God the author of all good, I come to Thee for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without Thee I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Thy power. Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe.
Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Thy blessing, and in which I cannot invite Thy inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, Who is the Lord? or be poor, and steal, and take Thy name in vain.
May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Thy will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to Thee be the glory.