Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.”
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O CHRIST, all Thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight,
Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice.
For my joy Thou has sent the Comforter,
multiplied Thy promises,
shown me my future happiness,
given me a living fountain.
Thou art preparing joy for me and me for joy;
I pray for joy, wait for joy, long for joy;
give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of.
Measure out to me my times and degrees of joy,
at my work, business duties.
If I weep at night, give me joy in the morning.
Let me rest in the thought of Thy love,
pardon for sin, my title to heaven,
my future unspotted state.
I am an unworthy recipient of Thy grace.
I often disesteem Thy blood and slight Thy love,
but can in repentance draw water
from the wells of Thy joyous forgiveness.
Let my heart leap towards the eternal sabbath,
where the work of redemption, sanctification,
is finished and perfected forever,
where Thou wilt rejoice over me with joy.
There is no joy like the joy of heaven,
for in that state are no sad divisions, unchristian quarrels,
contentions, evil designs, weariness, hunger, cold,
sadness, sin, suffering, persecutions, toils of duty.
O healthful place where none is sick!
O happy land where all are kings!
O holy assembly where all are priests!
How free a state where none are servants except to Thee!
Bring me speedily to the land of joy.
[“Joy” “The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Arthur Bennett]
BOOKS ON PRAYER
Before the Throne of God
Carol J. Ruvolo
Call To Prayer
Daily Prayer and Praise Vol. 1 & 2
The Lord’s Prayer
Power In Prayer
Charles H. Spurgeon
“Valley of Vision
The Life of Prayer
“Lord, Teach us to Pray”
“Beautitudes and the Lord’s Prayer”