September, 18 2019

Leadership in the Valley of Vision

One of my most prized possessions is my leather-bound copy of the book The Valley of Vision. The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers that was edited and compiled by an English-born minister named Arthur Bennet (1915-1994) and published by Banner of Truth in 1975.

This little book of prayer is a collection of gospel-gems that I turn to regularly for devotional sustenance. The book stays on my desk in my study and I often read a prayer or two from it when I arrive at my office in the morning or before services that I preach each Sunday.

As a spiritual exercise, recently I began reading this collection of prayers, meditating on them and then writing a paraphrase of that prayer in my own words.

The opening prayer shares the name of the book: The Valley of Vision. My paraphrase of the prayer now serves as I reminder as I begin my day, leading others.