A selection of prayers and meditations
in the Puritan tradition, widely valued since publication in 1975.
MAKES A WONDERFUL GIFT! In this classic volume, edited by Arthur Bennett,
the prayers of the Puritans are brought to life. Including prayers
of Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, Charles Spurgeon, and
others, The Valley of Vision is a selection of petitions and meditations
in the Puritan tradition. This compilation of prayers is intended
to teach and encourage Christians to be faithful in their private
and family worship.
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 not
been prepared to “supply” prayers but to prompt and encourage the
Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before.