Many millennia ago, man identified the golden mean. The principle doesn’t work in every area, but Agur found one in which it would help him serve God better. Continue reading “Agur’s two excellent requests”
Preaching and prayer have something in common: Man speaks at God’s command, so that the Sovereign may employ his power on earth in ways that he would not otherwise do.
The Bible without prayer is like an open ear and a closed mouth. And even the openness of the ear is in question, if we do not heed God’s invitation to share our hearts with him.
We call it NaPraWriMo — National Prayer Writing Month, based after other programs for poetry, novels, and blogging. The “national” part doesn’t fit so well. Maybe it should be GloPraWriMo, Global etc., or InPraWriMo, International, etc. Continue reading “Write a prayer every day during November”
Day by day, O Lord, let us ardently seek your presence, lovingly walk with you and willingly spend ourselves in your service. At the day’s end let us not be found hiding our talents nor at the end of our life be unready to rise up and meet you in the feast of your kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
King Zedekiah and the people didn’t want to listen or obey the word of God.
But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah, Jer 37.2 NLT.
Pray not for ease,
For earthly gain,
To be free from pain—
Ask not for these. Continue reading “Pray not for ease”
I wrote this poem-prayer this morning, longer than my usual poems, on hearing of my Aunt Dorothy’s death yesterday.
Give us patience, O God, in the hour of trouble, humility in the hour of success, and constancy in the hour of temptation. Grant us thankfulness for your benefits, fear of your judgment, and hope in your enduring mercy, now and forever. Amen. —John Cosin (1594-1672)
I almost used this prayer for Believing Prayer today, but finally opted to do something original. It expresses beautifully the full dependence on God.
Grant us grace, O God, to take your Son for our Redeemer, his life for our example, his word for our rule, his Spirit for our guide, his wounds for our healing and his cross for our salvation, that he may take possession of our hearts, now and for ever. Amen.
—Jeremy Taylor (1613-1657)