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A Thanksgiving Prayer from Valley of Vision

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O Source of all good,

What shall I render to Thee for the gift of gifts,
Thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
His self-emptying incomprehensible,
His infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp.

Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like Him.

Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to Him He draws near on
wings of grace,
to raise me to Himself.

Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
He united them in indissoluble unity,
the uncreated and the created.

Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to Him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
He came, God-incarnate, to save me
to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,
and in Him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child
to my heart,
embrace Him with undying faith,
exulting that He is mine and I am His.

In Him Thou hast given me so much
that heaven can give no more.

-The Gift of Gifts, Valley of Vision

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Monday Morning Munch No. 164 – Betrayal and Obedience

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“So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward…” -John 18:3-4a

Tears. Every time.

Jesus didn’t shrink back from betrayal; He walked right into it, joyfully enduring the Father’s perfect plan.

Thank You for stepping forward, Lord.
That step of obedience rescued me.
I am eternally grateful.

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A December First Prayer

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“Because you have done this… he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14a, 15b

“No sooner was the wound given than the remedy was provided and revealed.”
-Matthew Henry

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Monday Morning Munch No. 162 – 7 Quotes on Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

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The following quotes are from Spurgeon on Prayer, a compilation of culled gems from Charles Spurgeon, which I highly recommend it to anyone. 

You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph.

If [God] has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it.

A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 131 – Love, Prayer and a Challenge to Believe

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I can’t stop thinking about Epaphras. 

It’s been more than a month since the Sunday school where my brother-in-law pointed out the man the Apostle Paul mentions in Colossians 4:12 and it’s still on my mind.

Epaphras (whom we will now affectionately refer to as Mr. E), Paul said, was always struggling in prayer on behalf of the Colossians for the purpose of their standing mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

I love this for (at least) two reasons.

1.  He struggled in prayer. Which tells us a couple of things:

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Monday Morning Munch No. 119 – When You Despise the Answers God Give

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Saturday morning I was reading the Psalms and praying God would save so many people I love.

Praying God would redeem them. Break them down. Cleanse out all their idols. Give them new hearts. Make them new creations. Add their voices to the song that never ends. Raise them up to be holy and faithful laborers. Cause them to look and live.

“Whatever it takes, God. Whatever it takes.”

Have you prayed that before? I would venture to say most people have. We pray it at our church often because it’s obvious that, in the cost/benefit analysis of God’s grace-driven salvation, the benefits far outweigh any cost we could be asked to pay. In light of what Jesus has done, nothing we could ever do is enough to earn God’s favor and nothing He asks of us would be too much. As Elisabeth Elliot says, “He supplies the material for sacrifice.” And the sacrifice, if initiated and prompted by a holy Father, is always worth it.

But what if we pray “whatever it takes” with all our well-intentioned heart and then despise the “whatever” when it comes?

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Elisabeth Elliot’s Prayer

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Lord, break the chains that hold me to myself; free me to be Your happy slave—that is, to be the happy foot washer of anyone today who needs
his feet washed,
his supper cooked,
his faults overlooked,
his work commended,
his failure forgiven,
his griefs consoled
or his button sewed on.
Let me not imagine that my love for You is very great if I am unwilling to do for a human being something very small.
-Elisabeth Elliot, A Lamp Unto My Feet

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Monday Morning Munch No. 103 – “No man on earth can do as you have asked”

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Last week I was challenged to pray for a specific answer to a certain situation.

This situation had my heart in a sort of disarray for a week and now I was being asked to pray for a specific answer.

This presented its challenges for a few reasons.

  1. I’ve come to realize I don’t pray much for specific answers but rather I pray in generalities. It’s safer there. I won’t be let down if God doesn’t answer. It’s easier to trust God for an answer someday down the road but not for right now. Therefore, praying in generalities is a buffer, a protection so I don’t get hurt or let down.
  2. Praying for a specific answer for this situation is terrifying. For multiple reasons, but primarily because I’m scared to miss God, scared that I’ll make a mistake, scared of what His answer may be.
  3. See above two points.

If you read all of those (if you didn’t, go back and read them), you will see a lot of red flags. At least you should.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 98 – Five Words

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There are five words in the Bible that bring me to tears at nearly every reading.

Five words.

They weigh on my spirit, send a dagger into my soul and pierce my heart with their sharpness.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 95 – Logs on the Fire

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My dad is the hardest worker I know.

By day he’s a nuclear medicine technologist at area hospitals and by night (and weekends) he’s constantly studying and developing his relationship with God on top of working around the house fixing anything or preparing to fix things that aren’t broke yet (he’s on top of everything), as well as mowing, splitting wood and preparing for winter.

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