Sunday, August 15, 2010

God's Cause

I pray the following for myself, of course, but also for our team currently in Nicaragua and for the many, many other missionaries around the world. May God's cause be exalted and may He draw many to salvation, to the praise of His glory!

From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions...

SOVEREIGN GOD,
Thy cause, not my own, engages my heart,
and I appeal to thee with greatest freedom
to set up thy kingdom in every place where Satan reigns;

Glorify thyself and I shall rejoice,
for to bring honour to thy name is my sole desire.

I adore thee that thou art God,
and long that others should know it, feel it, and rejoice in it.

O that all men might love and praise thee,
that thou mightest have all glory from the intelligent world!

Let sinners be brought to thee for thy dear name!

To the eye of reason everything respecting the conversion of others
is as dark as midnight,
But thou canst accomplish great things;
the cause is thine,
and it is to thy glory that men should be saved.

Lord, use me as thou wilt,
do with me what thou wilt;
but, O, promote thy cause,
let thy kingdom come,
let thy blessed interest be advanced in this world!

O do thou bring in great numbers to Jesus!
let me see that glorious day,
and give me to grasp for multitudes of souls;
let me be willing to die to that end;
and while I live let me labour for thee
to the utmost of my strength,
spending time profitably in this work,
both in health and in weakness.

It is thy cause and kingdom I long for, not my own.

O, answer thou my request!

3 comments:

  1. Lisa, I just read your letter in Lysa's, "Becoming" book, and I felt led to encourage you that your life is so valuable and the work the Lord has for you tremendous. Your words in this letter spoke to me, personally. I've had to learn similar lessons. God is doing a work in me, settling me well into "the-call-for-the-moment" -- in other words -- to minister to those right before me...my husband and children, friends and strangers. It seems He's done that for you as well. Praise the Lord!

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  2. Beautiful!
    I'm stopping by from Everyday Mommy and am now following you.
    Jessica
    www.bygracealone.net

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