Sunday, June 22, 2014
Swim Against the Common Stream
Lord God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, please allow me to be a pen in your hand, to write Your glorious gospel on the hearts of men and women around the world. I do not seek to be encased in gold, to have others, either now or days long in the future, publish my achievements. Help me to embrace obscurity to such an extent that I would cease to seek the honor of men. Let it suffice, in both my heart and mind, to be used as Your instrument of gospel communication.
Father, forgive me for the times I have sought to be a partaker in Your glory, knowing I've had not a hand, not even a finger in the salvation of anyone. Salvation belongs to You, O God. I can do nothing, in and of myself, to convert a single soul. But to be used by You, to be allowed to watch as You let the ink of Your Son's precious blood flow from the well of the cross, to the tip of the quill that is my preaching of His cross, and to then write both the wrath and the glories of His cross onto the heart of another human being, by way of the pen of preaching--O Lord that is more than enough for me!
Holy Spirit, sanctify me in the Truth, Thy Word, which is Truth; so change my heart and mind that my joy will always and forever by found in knowing that my Lord and Savior is honored and that You, Spirit of God, are magnified. May the golden wages I seek be the salvation of the souls of others and to hear you one-day say, "Well done." In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.