From The Valley of Vision…
O LORD OF THE OCEANS,
My little bark sails on a restless sea, safely.
Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me course;
Suffer no adverse currents to divert my heavenward ;
Let not my faith be wrecked amid storms and shoals
Bring me to harbor with flying pennants,
hull unbreached, cargo unspoiled.
I ask great things, expect great things, shall receive great things.
I venture on thee wholly, fully, my wind, sunshine, anchor, defense.
The voyage is long, the waves high, the storms pitile but my helm is held steady,
thy Word secures safe passage,
thy grace wafts me onward,
my haven is guaranteed.
This day will bring me nearer home.
Grant me holy consistency in every transaction,
my peace flowing as a running tide,
my righteousness as every chasing wave.
Help me to live circumspectly, with skill to convert every care to prayer.
Halo my path with gentleness and love, smooth every asperity of temper;
let me not forget how easy it is to occasion grief;
may I strive to bind up every wound, and pour oil on all troubled waters.
May the world this day be happier and better because I live.
Let my mast before me be the Savior’s cross,
and every oncoming wave the fountain of his side.
Help me, protect me in the moving sea until I reach the shore of unceasing praise.
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This morning as I was reading Valley of Vision, I came across this prayer. My heart was both convicted and encouraged! May my longing match the passion shown in this prayer:
My Dear LORD,
I can but tell thee that thou knowest
I long for nothing but thyself,
nothing but holiness,
nohing but union with thy will.
Thou hast given me these desires,
and thou alone canst give me the thing desired.
My soul longs for communion with thee,
for mortification of indwelling corruption,
specially spiritual pride.
How precious it is
to have a tender sense and clear apprehension
of the mystery of godliness,
of true holiness!
What a blessedness to be like thee
as much as it is possible for a creature
to be like its Creator!
Lord, give me more of thy likeness;
Enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness;
Engage me to live more for thee.
Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual
and when I feel at ease after sweet communings,
teach me it is far too little I know and I do.
let me climb up near to thee,
and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle
and pant for deliverance from the body of sin,
for my heart is wandering and lifeless,
and my soul mourns to think it should ever
lose sight of its Beloved.
Wrap my life in divine love,
and keep me ever desiring thee,
always humble and resigned to thy will,
more fixed on thyself,
that I may be more fitted for doing
and for suffering.