To you I cry, O Lord of lights,
Illumine my soul, and hear my plea;
The devil is near with flaming darts,
Make swift my feet, that I might flee.
Come touch my heart and make me whole,
Fill every need, make glory shine;
And under your hand, no plan shall fail,
When Word and Deed in faith combine.
Who prays for me? A few I know,
But many must hasten to heaven’s gate
Whose names I’d never guess—they go
To God on my behalf—up straight
Their intercessions rise.
I know because the angelic horde
Protects, defends, and circles ’round
Against the earthly, airy lord—
His fiery arrows fall to the ground—
Gabriel’s army flies.
The Master spared me many a hurt,
His mercy a sure reply to prayer—
Else I’d lay prone, face-down, in the dirt,
If not for a righteous multitude’s care—
Faithful, hidden allies.
In the quiet corner, alone,
Far from voices, in the still,
I seek you, Lord, to understand,
To know your ways, to do your will.
From emptiness to fullest blessing,
From tears of grief to joy’s increase,
From hard estrangement to love expressing:
In you I find unceasing peace.
Your favor now to us, O Savior, send!
Let blessings fall, let Jesus with us stay!
Produce in us, O Lord, the Spirit’s fruit!
And let us work to let you have your way.
If in the word of God we have no root,
And if no prayers ascend throughout the day,
How barren will our souls be at the end!
Everything begins and ends with God. He knows all, but he can change the course of events through prayer. He is immutable, but willing to answer our supplications. He does things he would not do otherwise if we did not ask. He will do his will, but desires we cooperate in it. Glory to God for listening!
This afternoon we’ll host a few brothers and sisters here in our home, for two hours, focusing on three segments.
A time of prayer together.
Discussion of how to better use our small groups for evangelism.
Opportunity questions, designed to help us see the good and positive in every situation.
For the latter two, I have two two-page handouts.
Pray it may contribute to growth in the efforts of us all here.
In my personal prayer today, I made this petition: “Prepare us, Lord, for greater works.” But in order to do greater works, something else must happen:
What good does it do — what’s the point?
Why keep on doing what makes no sense,
What makes no difference? O God, what’s the use?
My child, just trust me.
I see no change, no results, no growth!
So where’s the power to make things happen?
Is something horribly wrong with me?
My child, all in good time.
When will we see something change?
When will somebody obey the gospel?
When will Jesus come for his church?
My child, when is the wrong question.
But can’t we see something happen
In the meantime, while we wait?
A sign that you are working now?
My child, open your eyes.
O God, here I am, send me.
Our Father, give us this day our bread.
Make me like the Lord Jesus Christ.
My child, that’s what I want to hear.
Glory to the Lord God over the church of all ages, the God who lives in heaven and rules over all the kingdoms of the nations, the God who possesses strength and power, the God against whom none can stand! Praise the God who hears the cry of his people in distress, the God who hears and delivers, the God who protects his own and destroys the enemy!
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READ: “constantly pray” 1Th 5.17.
THINK: Constancy is a main feature of prayer, in the name of Christ, Jn 15.16, in the Holy Spirit, Jd 20, for the saints, Eph 6.18, with faith, Jas 1.5-8, for the work of Christ, Lk 10.2. It includes praise, gratitude, supplications, intercessions, confession, Mt 6.5-15. Prayer is for every moment. In prayer we talk to God, half of our conversation with him. (In the Bible, he speaks to us.)