The Valley of Vision is a collection of old prayers that exemplify intentionality, passion, and a Bible-focus in prayer. The language can seem foreign to modern readers since it resembles a loftier tongue of days gone by. And yet, the content of these prayers is of such high quality that modern Christians will no doubt benefit from such examples.
Here is how I prayed, in my own words, the prayer entitled “The Family” (especially because of Father’s Day)
O Sovereign Lord,
You are Creator and Father of all people. You made all people, and you now sustain them as well.
And yet, You are the special Father of those who know, love and honor You. Your special children find Your yoke to be easy and Your burden light; they feel fulfillment in Your good work and glorious joy in Your commands.
Oh, how I shutter to think how little Your goodness has affected me!
Even though You have given me such good gifts – Your Word, Your Spirit, and Your Church – I have not given proper time and effort to such things. How negligent I have been in doing good to others, and how foolish I have been with my resources.
Here I am before You in my sins and my disobedience. Oh God, have mercy on me, and may Your goodness and patience bring me to repentance and renewed fervor.
Help me to hate and forsake every false way. Help me to be alert, making an honest assessment of my condition and my character.
Help me control my tongue, and make my heart burn with diligent desire for godly things. Help me watch and pray against my many temptations, and help me defeat and destroy the sinful desires remaining in me.
Pierce my heart through with sorrow and concern for the salvation of others, and make me especially aware of the souls of my family.
Oh God, I cannot stand the thought of the eternal destruction of those I love. May those who are precious to me be all the more precious to You! May they be devoted to Your glorious grace and not Your righteous justice.
Lord, please make my devotions among my family effective and holy. Make my instruction, my discipline, and my example to permeate my house, so that it becomes a nursery for heaven and like the garden of the Lord.
Enrich the little lives for which You have made me overseer, and cause these little trees to grow in fruitful righteousness for Your glory.
Lord, please make those of my household fit for heaven, and not merely suitable citizens of this world.
Oh God, grant that the experiences of grace, the exposure to Your Word, the examples of godliness, and these prayerful requests be effective means in saving those I love from their due punishment.
I rest finally and ultimately in Your goodness and Your grace. May You bring all things to their appointed ends for Your glory and our good.