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.
About the Editor
Arthur Bennett 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.
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Publication Date: March 2003
ISBN 10: 0851518214
ISBN 13: 9780851518213
“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 R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary
“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.”
- G. K. Beale, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“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, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“When used slowly, for meditation and prayer, these pages have often been used by God's Spirit to kindle my dry heart.”
- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC
“I have benefited from so many Banner of Truth books—the two volumes of Jonathan Edwards, the Puritan Paperbacks, and, of course, the Valley of Vision.”
- Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI
“A wonderful aid in expressing our personal thoughts to God, a spiritual classic, both sober and inspiring.”
- John D. Hannah, Dallas Theological Seminary