A friend gave me a copy of the Valley of Vision. At times when I don't know what to pray or when I need to allow the mercy and grace of God to wash over me in someone else's words, I go to the Valley of Vision. The same friend sent me a message today. It was timely. It is a message that the Spirit has been speaking into my heart, stirring up my affections for Jesus through worship, time in the Word and times of prayer.
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The Love of Jesus
O Father of Jesus, Help me to approach You with deepest reverence, not with presumption, not with servile fear, but with holy boldness. You are beyond the grasp of my understanding, but not beyond that of my love. You know that I love You supremely, for You are supremely adorable, good, perfect.
My heart melts at the love of Jesus, my brother, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, married to me, dead for me, risen for me; He is mine and I am His, given to me as well as for me; I am never so much mine as when I am His, or so much lost to myself until lost in Him; then I find my true manhood.
But my love is frost and cold, ice and snow; Let His love warm me, lighten my burden, be my heaven; May it be more revealed to me in all its influences that my love to Him may be more fervent and glowing; Let the mighty tide of His everlasting love cover the rocks of my sin and care; Then let my spirit float above those things which had else wrecked my life.
Make me fruitful by living to that love, my character becoming more beautiful every day. If traces of Christ's love-artistry be upon me, my He work on with His divine brush until the complete image be obtained and I be made a perfect copy of Him, my Master.
O Lord Jesus, come to me, O Divine Spirit, rest upon me, O Holy Father, look on me in mercy for the sake of the well-Beloved