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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Prayer for consecrated life-a life lived in vital union with Jesus Christ

 

 
None of us liveth to himself..  Rom. 14:7
 
 
Lord, speak to me that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
 
As Thou hast sought, so let me seek
Thy erring children lost and lone.
 
O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
 
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
 
O strengthen me, that while I stand
Firm on the Rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.
 
O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
 
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.
 
O give Thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee
To weary ones in needful hour.
 
O fill me with Thy fulness, Lord,
Until my very heart o'erflow
In kindling thought, and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.
 
O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where;
Until Thy blessed Face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.
 
 
 
-Frances Ridley Havergal
 
 
 

Prayer
O our most beloved Lord Jesus, we want to live for You just. Take our lives and let them be consecrated to Thee. Take our hands, feet, lips, will and love, and let them be Thy holy vessels. O Lord, take ourselves, and we will be ever, only, all for Thee. In Jesus' name. Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Kinuko, This is absolutely lovely! I see so much of your sweet spirit in this poem and in your loving care for others. I also add my heart felt "Amen" to your prayer.
    God richly bless you and your husband. Love, Ruthie

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  2. Dear Ruthie,
    Thank you so much for your comment. Your message always make my heart soft and warm, because it reflects your inner warmth and kindness. Ruthie, I was so touched by the life and faith of Frances R Havergal that I started to write her biography in Japanese. She was indeed a Bible-woman because she memorized the whole four Gospels, the Epistles, the Revelation, all the Psalms, plus the Book of Isaiah. When she was 16, she wrote in her diary:
    "THINE FOR EVER. Oh, Thine forever, what a blessed thing. To be forever His who died for me! My Saviour, all my life Thy praise I'll sing, nor cease my song throughout eternity. (July 17, 1854)."

    And she always kept a paper in her Bible, on which were arranged the subjects of her prayers. Here it is;
    For Daily Morning Prayer.
    Watchfulness. Guard over temper. Consistency. Faithfulness to opportunities. For the Holy Spirit. For a vivid love to Christ.
    For Midday Prayer.
    Earnestness of spirit in desire, in prayer, and in all work. Faith, hope, love.
    For Evening Prayer.
    Forgiveness. To see my sinfulness in its true light. Growth in grace. Against morning sleepiness as hindrance to time for prayer.

    Her sister says; "At her study table she read her Bible by seven o'clock in the summer, and eight o'clock in winter; her Hebrew Bible, Greek Testament, and lexicons being at hand." She also testified that; "Sometimes on bitterly cold mornings I begged that she would read with her feet comfortably to the fire, but Frances would say: 'But then, Marie, I can't rule my lines neatly. Just see what a find I've got. If one only searches, there are such extraordinary things in the Bible!"

    Wow, what a woman she was! I admire her love to Christ and I want to follow her! It is so wonderful that there are so many pious women in the past and at present. Ruthie, thank you for reading this long reply. with love, Kinuko

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