Friday, November 03, 2006

Powerful Prayer

I thought I better follow up my tongue-in-cheek post about penguins with a more serious post concerning prayer.

My good friend Stephen Weber from DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT NET wrote the following prayer. My heart resonates with his concerning this. I'm sure yours will too.

"Father, I must confess that holy boldness does not come easily for me. Though I may hold an unwavering conviction based upon the teachings of Scripture, I find it difficult to articulate my position when faced with opposing views or by those with a lifestyle contrary to the Christian believer. It is in this setting that I rely upon Your Holy Spirit to equip me with the words I am to speak and the tone of which I speak them. You've instructed the believer to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. And then You further instruct us about the spirit that accompanies our response. We are to do this prayerfully with gentleness, respect, and a clear conscience so that those who would respond unfavorably toward us would regret their behavior. Keep our motives pure as we unashamedly and boldly declare Your truths to a lost and dying generation. Amen."

(Portion of prayer based on I Peter 3:15 & 16.)

1 comment:

  1. Dear David...This is such a beautiful prayer.
    When I was younger I had more boldness when it came to giving out gospel papers but the older I get, the harder it seems to be giving them to people.
    Betty has been such a help in this.
    She has made hundreds of magnet scripture verses and they are somewhat easier to give out.
    In the meantime, it is a lot easier to leave the gospel papers inside of washrooms and on a table with a tip at the restaraunts....from Terry