A dear friend lent me a book this week by author William MacDONALD and although at first it seemed rudimentary there is deep truth in the pages. I may have read it years ago but it isn't striking a bell with me so I'm now using it in my quiet time. I have just started it but look forward to reading through it and gleaning truth, meditating on it and applying it to this simple heart.
Two such prayers that I hope to really study today and glean depth from are below; may they bless your heart as well.
"Lord, let me have no will of my own or consider my true happiness as depending in the smallest degree on anything that can befall me outwardly, but as consisting altogether in conformity to Thy Will". Henry Martyn
"Father, let me be weak that I might lose my clutch on everything temporal. My life, my reputation, my possessions, Lord, let me loose the tension of the grasping hand. Even, Father, would I lose the love fondling. How often I have release a grasp only to retain what I prized by "harmless" longing, the fondling touch. Rather, open my hand to receive the nail of Calvary, as Christ's was opened, that I, releasing all, might be released, unleashed from all that binds me now. He thought Heaven, yea, equality with God, not a thing to be clutched at. So let me release my grasp." Jim Elliot
Wow, that prayer by Jim Elliot was answered in his death at the hand of a primitive people; taken while bringing the gospel to them.
These are not prayers easily spoken and quickly uttered but ones that cost the most-and render the greatest reward.
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