I’m indebted to a man named Arthur Bennett (1915-1994). It was Bennett who wrote what is now revered as The Valley of Vision. This collection of prayers was based upon the works of spiritual giants such as Richard Baxter, David Brainerd, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, and Isaac Watts–just to name a few. Perhaps that is why these prayers are so potent.
The title comes from Isaiah 22:1, “The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?” (KJV).
This book is rarely far from me and my Bible in the morning. That is because I am a man who prays poorly and requires redirection to the things of God.
And so I’ve restarted a habit in 2016 of reading through a portion of this prayerbook each Sunday morning. One of my favorites is below (if you have one, I’d love to hear from you):
O God of Grace,
I bewail my cold, listless, heartless prayers;
their poverty adds sin to sin.
If my hope were in them I should be undone,
But the worth of Jesus perfumes my feeble
breathings, and wins their acceptance.
“After Prayer” (276)
If you’re interested in learning more about The Valley of Vision, here’s a great article from Justin Taylor: http://goo.gl/gCTLrq