Written Prayers

Need a “little pick me up” in your daily time with God? How about a book of written prayers? Prayers written by the Puritans some 200-400 years ago…

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Does that sound as dry as sawdust and as boring as an accountant’s convention? If you answered “yes”, then you are mistaken my friend!

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Let me suggest a resource I have been using off and on for the last year to enhance my private worship time. The book is THE VALLEY OF VISION: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. Edited by Arthur Bennett, these prayers come from the works of such men as John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, Augustus Toplady, William Jay, Charles Haddon Spurgeon and many others. As Bennett writes, “The strength of the Puritan character and life lay in the practice of prayer and meditation.”

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In the evangelical American religious tradition that many of us were raised in, written prayers are kind of looked down upon. It is thought to be inherently more spiritual to pray spontaneously, with unplanned and unrehearsed words, to converse with God as you would with a friend. While there are certainly elements of truth to this reasoning, it doesn’t mean written prayers are inferior. In fact, the eloquence, the majesty, the depth of these prayers provokes one’s spirit to worship God in a fresh and vibrant way.

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After I read my bible I read one prayer per day. I read it through a few times, thinking about the words and then I pray it out loud as my prayer to the Father. Give it a shot – for $10.88 you can purchase your own copy at www.amazon.com. If you do, tell me what you think after using it for a few weeks.

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Peace,
?Dave

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