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Monday, October 1, 2007

A Timely Prayer

This morning I was re-reading some of A.W. Tozer's writings, when I came across a prayer he penned in his book 'God Tells The Man Who Cares'. It is a timely prayer, one that moved me to tears, and one that should be on the lips of every servant of God. May it bless, stir, and challenge you as it did me.
"It is time, O God, for Thee to work, for the enemy has entered into Thy pastures and the sheep are torn and scattered. And false shepherds abound who deny the danger and laugh at the perils which surround Thy flock. The sheep are deceived by these hirelings and follow them with touching loyalty while the wolf closes in to kill and destroy. I beseech Thee, give me sharp eyes to detect the presence of the enemy; give me understanding to see and courage to report what I see faithfully. Make my voice so like Thine own that even the sick sheep will recognize it and follow Thee.
Lord Jesus, I come to Thee for spiritual preparation. Lay Thy hand upon me. Anoint me with the oil of the New Testament prophet. Forbid that I should become a religious scribe and thus lose my prophetic calling. Save me from the curse that lies dark across the face of the modern clergy, the curse of compromise, of imitation, of professionalism. Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, its popularity or the amount of its yearly offering. Help me to remember that I am a prophet - not a promoter, not a religious manager, but a prophet. Let me never become a slave to crowds. Heal my soul of carnal ambitions and deliver me from the itch of publicity. Save me from bondage to things. Let me not waste my days puttering around the house. Lay Thy terror upon me, O God, and drive me to the place of prayer where I may wrestle with principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world.
I accept hard work and small rewards in this life. I ask for no easy place. I shall try to be blind to the little ways that could make life easier. If others seek the smoother path I shall try to take the hard way without judging them too harshly. I shall expect opposition and try to take it quietly when it comes. Or if, as sometimes it falleth out to Thy servants, I should have grateful gifts pressed upon me by Thy kindly people, stand by me then and save me from the blight that often follows. Teach me to use whatever I receive in such manner that will not injure my soul nor diminish my spiritual power. And if in Thy permissive providence honor should come to me from Thy church, let me not forget in that hour that I am unworthy of the least of Thy mercies, and that if men knew me as intimately as I know myself they would withhold their honors or bestow the upon others more worthy to receive them.
Though I am chosen of Thee and honored by a high and holy calling, let me never forget that I am but a man of dust and ashes, a man with all the natural faults and passions that plague the race of men. I pray Thee, therefore, my Lord and Redeemer, save me from myself and from all the injuries I am do myself while trying to be a blessing to others. Fill me with Thy power by the Holy Spirit, and I will go in Thy strength and tell of Thy righteousness, even Thine only. I will spread abroad the message of redeeming love while my normal powers endure.
Then dear Lord, when I am old and weary and too tired to go on, have a place ready for me above, and make me to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting. Amen. Amen.

With love in Christ,

Michael Boldea Jr.

5 comments:

a seed sower said...

Wow!....Just shows how Satan has never stopped harassing the children of God,and the Lord has always had a remnant of true believers who are sold out sealed and delivered. Praise God, and thank you for sharing this Bro Michael.
Helen B

Amy said...

Thank you very much Brother Michael. I need this kind of heart.

Anonymous said...

Michael-

From San Antonio, TX. I am in agreement with you, and you for me. May we have the heart of the Sojourning Shepherd.

Regards, Cale Hahn
texaswatcher (@) yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Everything in this prayer echo's the Lord's instruction to me in these last couple years. This prayer is right on.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to see your new blog site. I have been keeping up with your ministry, and recently sent a care package to WI. for the poor/orphans you support.

Hope to hear more about what GOd is saying to you.

In Yeshua's love,
Cathy P.