When our family travels, we pray for the journey. Generally our prayer is for safety, mixed with a prayer for sanity. We consider the journey, and the destination, then pray accordingly. Romans 8 speaks of a different journey, though. It is not a journey by car or plane, but probably more specifically it refers to our journey through life.
Romans 8 speaks of walking according to the Spirit. This is a journey which is both led and powered by the indwelling Holy Spirit. So, as we pray for this journey, it is appropriate to pray for the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. As you consider that type of prayer, can I offer you a suggestion? Included below is a prayer from the Valley of Vision (Bennett, Arthur, 1975. The Valley of Vision, Banner of Truth Trust).
The Valley of Vision is a collection of prayers written by Puritan pastors and laymen. The language is not familiar to our modern ear. The language is old, but it is rich. These prayers are not light and fluffy. They must be lingered over, but it is worth the effort. As this prayer becomes your own, it just might serve as a set of jumper cables for your prayer life. I offer this prayer to you as a guide for your journey with the Holy Spirit. As you pray, commune with the Spirit. And be blessed.
O GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT,
Thou who dost proceed from the Father
and the Son,
have mercy on me.
When thou didst first hover over chaos,
order came to birth,
beauty robed the world, fruitfulness sprang forth.
Move, I pray thee, upon my disordered heart;
Take away the infirmities of unruly desires
and hateful lusts;
Lift the mists and darkness of unbelief;
Brighten my soul with the pure light of truth;
Make it fragrant as the garden of paradise,
rich with every goodly fruit,
beautiful with heavenly grace,
radiant with rays of divine light.
Fulfil in me the glory of thy divine offices;
Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier;
Take of the things of Christ and show them
to my soul;
Through thee may I daily learn more of his love,
grace, compassion, faithfulness, beauty;
Lead me to the cross and show me his wounds,
the hateful nature of evil, the power of Satan;
May I there see my sins as
the nails that transfixed him,
the cords that bound him,
the thorns that tore him,
the sword that pierced him.
Help me to find in his death the reality
and immensity of his love.
Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth
in his, ‘It is finished’.
Increase my faith in the clear knowledge of
atonement achieved, expiation completed,
satisfaction made, guilt done away,
my debt paid, my sins forgiven,
my person redeemed, my soul saved,
hell vanquished, heaven opened,
eternity made mine.
O Holy Spirit, deepen in me these saving lessons.
Write them upon my heart, that my walk be
sin-loathing, sin-fleeing, Christ-loving;
And suffer no devil’s device to beguile
or deceive me.