One of the best written prayers I have ever read…
Please take the time to read this! Then seek the face of God.
Originally posted on The Cross Is All:
(I’ve been in really good churches, churches where the pastor proclaimed the truth with his words and with his life. I’ve also been in many bad ones. I’ve sat before preachers who publicly proclaimed that they didn’t want to cause problems or step on toes. I’ve sat under ones who only taught a partial gospel. There is an old saying that as the pulpit goes, so goes the pew and so goes the nation. I love our country but I love our churches and my God more. Patriotism won’t save us and the point isn’t to save a nation. The point is to call on God’s people to wake up and to call others to Him. The world is dying because the church has denied Christ. The church is as it is due to failure to teach the full unvarnished truth contained in the Word of God. I first wrote the following piece about four years ago. Spiritually, I’ve grown a lot since then. Thus I’ve prayerfully rewritten and expanded it. I’m not trying to rebuke anyone. What follows is a cry from my heart for pastors who are unafraid to teach God’s holy Word in a way that glorifies and honors Him while also equipping the saints to holiness and seeking and saving, truly saving, the lost. Soli Deo gloria.)
As I sit before you week after week, I hunger for spiritual meat. I can no longer stand a cotton candy diet. I need you to explain what you have spent so long studying. Teach me the deep things of God. I want to hear the truth about myself: I am a sinner and all of my good-deeds are but filthy rags before the Lord. My efforts are nothing and will never be enough to save me. Tell me about Jesus. Tell me all about Jesus. Teach me to study His Word, to pray, show me how to obey Him, how to honor Him. I don’t want to hear a single word about how to secure a good life. I just want to know and serve Christ. I want to be obedient; I want to be Jesus’s hands and His feet. I want to rest at His feet. I want to do His bidding. I want to serve Him. I want to be prepared to live for God; if God wills it, I want to be prepared to die for Him too. Prepare me for eternity rather than for “now”. Teach me that every single moment of every single day is to be lived for the glory of the One Who died for me. Prepare me to be a martyr for God–both to life and to death.