As a follow-up to my previous post, today I offer up a short devotional reading from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.
Read the prayer slowly pausing after each line. Let the wording and imagery sink into your heart. Notice how the writer of the prayer says that the cure for emptiness isn’t to fill our lives with things or stuff, but to go to Christ in order to lay hold His fullness and in turn find ourselves being filled.
You have taught me
that Christ has all fullness and
so all abundance of the Spirit,
that all fullness I lack in myself is in him,
for his people, not for himself alone,
he having perfect knowledge, grace, righteousness,
to make me see,
to make me righteous,
to give me fullness;
that is my duty, out of a sense of emptiness,
to go to Christ and enjoy his fullness, as mine,
as if I had it in myself, because it is for me in him;
that when I do this I am full of the Spirit,
as a fish that has got from the shore to the sea
and has all fullness of water to move in,
for when faith fills me, then I am full;
that this is the way to be filled with the Spirit,
like Stephen, first faith, then fullness,
for this way makes me most empty,
and so most fit for the Spirit to fill.
You have taught me that the finding of
this treasure of all grace in the field of Christ
begets strength, joy, glory,
and renders all graces alive.
Help me to delight more in what I receive from Christ,
more in that fullness which is in him,
the fountain of all his glory.
Let me not think to receive the Spirit from him, as a ‘thing’
apart from finding, drinking, being filled with him.
To this end, O God,
do establish me in Christ,
settle me, give me a being there,
assure me with certainty that all this is mine,
for this only will fill my heart with joy