Unconquered Territory

From The Valley of Vision, page 189

There is much unconquered territory in my nature,
scourge out the buyers and sellers of my souls temple,
and give me in return pure desires,
and longings after perfect holiness.

Next to the Bible, The Valley of Vision is one of my favorite books.  It is an anonymous selection of Puritan prayers that both encourage and confront, highlighting my radical sinfulness and God’s radical grace. You can order your copy from Christianbook.com  I use these prayers regularly to strengthen my anemic prayers with some real substance. Of course, the far superior source is the Bible itself, but sometimes more recent fellow strugglers like the Puritans can be an additional encouragement.

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