Prayer for Preaching

Posted by on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

MY MASTER GOD, I am desired to preach today, but go weak and needy to my task; Yet I long that people might be edified with divine truth, that an honest testimony might be borne for thee; Give me assistance in preaching and prayer, with heart uplifted for grace and unction. Present to my view things pertinent to my subject, with fullness of matter and clarity of thought, proper expressions, fluency, fervency, a feeling sense of the things I preach, and grace to apply them to people’s consciences. Keep me conscious all the while of my defects, and let me not gloat in pride over my performance. Help me to offer a testimony for thyself, and to leave sinners inexcusable in neglecting thy mercy. Give me freedom to open the sorrows of thy people, and to set before them comforting considerations. Attend with power the truth preached, and awaken the attention of my slothful audience. May thy people be refreshed, melted, convicted, comforted, and help me to use the strongest arguments drawn from Christ’s incarnation and sufferings, that men and women might be made holy. I myself need thy support, comfort, strength, holiness, that I might be a pure channel of thy grace, and be able to do something for thee; Give me then refreshment among thy people, and help me not to treat excellent matter in a defective way, or bear a broken testimony to so worthy a redeemer, or be harsh in treating of Christ’s death, its design and end, from lack of warmth and fervency. And keep me in tune with thee as I do this work. Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975) Leather edition reprinted in 2002....

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Started With A Puppy Ended With A Prayer

Posted by on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This weekend The Marcella Project hosted the Marcella Summit in the hill country (Austin area). Our goal was to have men and women come engage in candid conversation about the Blessed Alliance. What Jesus did there was beyond my expectations. (Imagine that!) I’ll be blogging about the event this week but for now wanted to capture it with the first picture of the day and the last prayer of the weekend. Nine little puppies at the conference center. They were whimpering for someone to hold them. So I scooped one up and carried him around during our last walk through before the Summit began. Just what I needed to calm my nerves. And no, I didn’t bring one home, Steve wouldn’t have it. 🙁 Our last meal together was outside at a long table. I’m all about the table. We need more work done on what it means to share a meal together – but, I digress. I spoke on Ephesians 2:14 – 3: 18 then we celebrated our oneness in Christ through communion. The closing prayer challenged us to go to our knees and wait for Jesus to do the impossible. “Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father be with you; and may the Holy Spirit come upon you and disturb you and trouble you, and set before you an impossible task and dare you to do it; until in your desperation you fall on your knees and remain there until he fills you with his power which alone will enable you to do it; and then … but only then, may the Lord grant you his peace....

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Fathers With Daughters

Posted by on Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Jon Huckins’ post, Raising Girls In A World Where They Are Less Than Human, is worth reposting. In hopes of inspiring you to read the article here’s a snippet (it’s his prayed he prayed over his daughter). I rested my hands on her sweet little head and prayed this blessing over her life: Rosie you are so full of life, wonder and innocence. I bless you to live fully into the unique woman God has created you to be. I bless you to be one who is not only empowered, but one who empowers. I bless you with the gift of walking with a community that daily stumbles toward Jesus and participates with him in healing a broken world. In a world where women are often demeaned, discredited, abused, oppressed, and treated as less that human, I bless you with the courage to be one who reassigns dignity to those who have lost it. I bless you to be a voice for the voiceless. I bless you to have an eye for injustice and move boldly toward it with the practices that make for peace. Rosie, my sweet daughter, I pray that you will lead the way in teaching me, us and the whole world what it means to live into who you were created to be while giving yourself to the flourishing of others. What would happen if father’s around the globe viewed their daughter’s with this lens? No – seriously, what would...

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A Chance To Cleanse

Posted by on Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Today I head for a weekend conference at one of my favorite retreat centers, Laity Lodge. I’m looking forward to practicing what Tony Campolo taught on cleansing before...

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I Was Asked And I Answered

Posted by on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

This past weekend I spoke at a women’s retreat. One of the sessions was an hour of Q & A. Many of the questions asked were about my extended family, forgiveness, parenting, and such but one woman asked the following: What’s the prayer you’ve been praying for the women of our (the next) generation? Where do you see God moving the most on (in & through) His women? It’s a great question. Before I share my answer I’d like to hear yours. What are you praying and where do you see God...

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