The Precious Blood

The following prayers are drawn from the largely forgotten deposit of the Puritan Movement of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  They testify to the richness and color of evangelical thought and language, as well as their devotion to the Savior.  They can be found in a book titled “The Valley of Vision”, by Arthur Bennet.  I have included them in this blog so that others can use them in their own prayer life as a springboard to a more faithful walk with Jesus.   These prayers are 200-400 years old!  They were written in old English. but that should not get in the way if you don’t let it. 

Following Him together…

The Precious Blood

Blessed Lord Jesus,
Before thy cross I kneel and see
the heinousness of my sin,
my iniquity that caused thee to be ‘made a curse’,
the evil that excites the severity of divine wrath.

Show me the enormity of my guilt by
the crown of thorns,
the pierced hands and feet,
the bruised body,
the dying cries.

Thy blood is the blood of incarnate God,
Its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought
Infinite must be the evil and guilt that demands such a price.

Sin is my malady, my monster, my foe, my viper,
Born in my birth,
alive in my life,
strong in my character,
dominating my faculties,
intermingling with my every though,
my chain that holds me captive in the empire of my soul,

Sinner that I am, why should the sun give my light
the air supply breath,
the earth bear my weight,
its fruit nourish me
its creatures subserve my ends?

Yet thy compassions yearn over me,
thy heart hastens to my rescue,
thy love endured my curse,
thy mercy bore my deserved stripes.

Let me walk humbly in the lowest depths of humiliation,
bathed in thy blood,
tender of conscience,
triumphing gloriously as an heir of salvation.

Listen to this prayer as a song recorded by Sovereign Grace Ministries:  “The Precious Blood” (follow the link)

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Posted on November 14, 2010, in Prayer, The Cross and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. What a wonderful prayer. Thank you for posting it.

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  2. Nice. Reminds me of the song “I come by the blood” by by Steve &Vikki Cook:

    “I come by the blood, I come by the cross,
    Where Your mercy flows from hands pierced for me,
    For I dare not stand on my righteousness,
    My every hope rests on what Christ has done, and I come…by the blood”

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    • The lyrics in that song by Steve and Vikki Cook are great. I have a lot of there stuff. Several years ago I learned that they bounce all their lyrics off of a pastor and two theologians. That’s how dedicated they are to getting the lyrics right. I wish the young guns would do the same thing. SG ministries produced a CD called Valley of Vision. They put this prayer to music. I have added a link to the post so you can hear it. It is a quiet and reflective song and I hope it reminds you all of how precious our redemption is!

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