The Valley of Vision

A Collection Of Puritan Prayers

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Nov 1, 1975






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Encouragement, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

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‘When used slowly, for meditation and prayer, these pages have often been used by God’s Spirit to kindle my dry heart.’ — MARK DEVER

‘The prayers in The Valley of Vision are steeped in Scripture, yet never succumb to mere formula. They are theologically fresh and vibrant, yet they are rooted in confessionalism. They range over a huge sweep of Christian experience and devotion, but they are never merely esoteric or cute. They brim with deep emotion and transparent passion, but they carefully avoid mere sentimentalism. This is a book that teaches readers to pray by example.’ — D. A. CARSON

The Valley of Vision is a wonderful collection of Puritan prayers which both help to shape and inform our own private devotions and, perhaps more importantly, aid pastors as they seek to lead their congregations in prayer and into the presence of God.’ — CARL TRUEMAN

‘I cannot commend enough The Valley of Vision, which is a compilation of over two-hundred pages of Puritan prayers (each of which are one page in length). I pray through one of these prayers every day. Sometimes the prayers are so meaningful and relevant that I will pray through the same prayer for days. This is a wonderful aid to supplement one’s own prayers. Indeed, these prayers will also teach one how to pray, and, at the same time, they teach theological truth. I cannot think of any Christian who would not benefit from these prayers.’ — GREG BEALE

‘It’s amazing how frequently the prayers from the little book The Valley of Vision show up in our worship services. The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers, and I would put them in that category. That is, they are thoughtful, reflective, and meditative. They’re even written in a certain kind of cadence, if you’ve ever noticed, which is probably very intentional, so that they might be used in corporate settings. But they came out of a deep heart of communion with God.’ — JOHN PIPER

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The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation. In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature. Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not to ‘supply’ prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before. The author was a Canon of St. Albans Cathedral, sometime 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.

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Preface vii
Introductory The Valley of Vision xix
1 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 3
2 Redemption and Reconciliation 35
3 Penitence and Deprecation 69
4 Needs and Devotions 99
5 Holy Aspirations 127
6 Approach to God 145
7 Gifts of Grace 157
8 Service and Ministry 177
9 Valediction 203
10 A Week’s Shared Prayers 209
Bibliography 225


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  1. Robert Winn

    During the summer of 2013, my son-in law died from a violent, self-inflicted injury. I spent 6 weeks at his bedside … over 1500 miles away from home. During those days, I often experienced a rather daunting emotional roller coaster ride. I struggled with the reality of death. I struggled with right-to-life issues. Often, I struggled with others, who shared this difficult path together with me. After three weeks, the Lord graciously provided still another home-away from home. Under the coffee table in that home, I discovered a copy of “The Valley of Vision.” It brought me life and peace and comfort. It challenged my heart and my attitude. I bless the Lord for the men whose hearts were on display for me in this book … whose prayers helped me to look upon my own heart and challenged me to lift my eyes up to heart of God. I only wish I had discovered this book over thirty years ago, when I began my full-time ministry. Along with the Scriptures, it will be my companion for the remainder of my earthly journey.

  2. Grant

    In the mornings when I endeavor to set my heart on God, it is often difficult to awaken my mind and heart when still shaking off the lingering effects of a night spent sleeping. After a brief prayer, I have found the prayers in the book kindle the flame in my heart to seek His face anew. Often, after I’ve read through a prayer, slowly and deliberately, I’m left with tears standing in my eyes, and an “Amen” whispering from my lips. In my heart I say to the Lord, “Yes. Make that my prayer too, Lord.” When you have difficulty finding the words to pray, this book can be used of the Spirit to bring them out for you. I thank God for these prayers. They are timeless, and a means of grace to me.

  3. Logan

    I start my morning prayer time by using this little gem and pray the prayers of my own. It often leads me into prayers of praise and/or confession. My prayer time has been greatly enriched by this little book. I recently gave my copy to a family in my church while they have been in the hospital, and I directed them to a particular section of prayers. They had told me that praying together was particularly comforting during this difficult time and I immediately thought of the Valley of Vision. They quickly sent me a note thanking me for the book and expressed what an encouragement it has been to them. I keep it with my Bible at all times. I once heard a pastor say, though I forget who he was quoting, that if he were stuck on an island that if he could only have two books it would be his Bible and the Valley of Vision. I immediately bought a copy to see why the excitement. Honestly the book sat unused for years. I wish I would have started using it much sooner. Other than the Bible, no book has affected my prayers more than the Valley of Vision. I would commend it to you with great excitement.

  4. Christa

    Ligon Duncan’s video testimonial is so very true. I was a Roman Catholic for 50 years, and we never prayed like this in the Roman Catholic Church, nor does the Liturgy of the Hours contain prayers such as these. It’s difficult to describe how deeply moving it was for me for an entirely new world of prayer to be opened up to me. The title prayer, when I heard it read by Max McLean, was the prayer that first captured my attention. The collector and editor of these prayers, Arthur Bennett, is also a beautiful man. This collection is a beautiful entryway into the piety of the Puritans. You’ll never hear a prayer such as one of these at Willow Creek or any other similarly noisy, entertainment-driven “church.” The Puritans have become very dear to me and have helped me in my own thought and prayer. I pray they will with you as well.

  5. Greg Myers

    Whenever I feel my heart at odds with my Savior or becoming separated, cold or indifferent I can kneel in prayer, reading from this book of splendid prayers and be brought to tears, once again feeling the conviction of sin and a renewed refreshing of my Spirit for Jesus. I am so grateful that this book is available. Thank you!

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