This Sunday, I’m preaching on “the sin” of unbelief which ensnares believers in the Christian race. I have been meditating on this prayer from The Valley of Vision called “Faith and the World” as it has been very fruitful in my thinking. Would that God increase our faith and cause us to run with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
The world is artful to entrap,
approaches in fascinating guise,
extends many a gilded bait,
presents many a charming face.
Let my faith scan every painted bauble,
and escape every bewitching snare
in a victory that overcomes all things.
In my duties give me firmness, energy, zeal,
devotion to thy cause,
courage in thy name,
love as a working grace,
and all commensurate with my trust.
Let faith stride forth in giant power,
and love respond with energy in every act.
I often mourn the absence of my beloved Lord
whose smile makes earth a paradise,
whose voice is sweetest music,
whose presence gives all graces strength.
But by unbelief I often keep him outside my door.
Let faith give entrance that he may abide with me forever.
Thy Word is full of promises,
flowers of sweetest fragrance,
fruit of refreshing flavour when culled by faith.
May I be made rich in its riches,
be strong in its power,
be happy in its joy,
abide in its sweetness,
feast on its preciousness,
draw vigour from its manna.
Lord, increase my faith.