Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Vision

Sermon Illustrations on Vision

The Valley Of Vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,

thy life in my death,

thy joy in my sorrow,

thy grace in my sin,

thy riches in my poverty

thy glory in my valley.

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, The Banner of Truth, 1975.

God of love—Father, Son and Holy Spirit: 

You loved us before we ever knew You.  

Give us such a deep love for You,  

that we can see the world as You see it,  

   feel the compassion You feel,  

and be a people whose lives facilitate Your love to others. 

So open our eyes that we might see what the Good Samaritan saw.  

Grant us the insight to see the need in others,  

the wisdom to know what to do, and the will to do it. 

Richard Herman