1 Corinthians 1:17-21

March 1, 2009

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. (1 Corinthians 1:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily preach Jesus, and him crucified.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 )
      Father, protect us from worldly wisdom which sees no need for the cross, and fill us anew with the resurrection power of your Holy Spirit that overcame the cross and the grave.

For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” (1 Corinthians 1:19/Isaiah 29:14)
      Jesus, come and visit the Episcopal Church — it is immersed in worldly wisdom and prudence.

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)
      Father, help us embrace your wisdom rather than the world’s wisdom.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21)
      Jesus, thank you for rescuing me from the folly of worldly wisdom and giving me a heart to believe what you have done for me by your cross and resurrection.

      A word received: Hear me, my people; listen to my voice.
      I AM speaking to you; listen to me.
      Listen for my voice as you read Scripture.
      Listen for my voice as you pray.
      Listen for my voice in the quiet times.
      Listen for my voice when all is confusion.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; 1 Corinthians 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22
Monday: 41, 52; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 2:1-12

Albany Intercessor

Lent Prayers: Charles Wesley – Make My Heart a House of Prayer

March 1, 2009

From our archives, originally posted March 2007

Lent Prayers: Charles Wesley
Filed under: Repentance, Lent 2007, Poems, Hymns & Songs, Lent Prayers — Karen B.

A hymn, actually, but after the first introductory verse, the other stanzas are addressed directly to Christ, so it qualifies as a prayer!

Weary of wandering from my God,
And now made willing to return
I hear and bow me to the rod
For thee, not without hope, I mourn:
I have an Advocate above
A Friend before the throne of love.

O Jesus, full of truth and grace
More full of grace than I of sin
Yet once again I seek Thy face:
Open Thine arms and take me in
And freely my backslidings heal
And love the faithless sinner still.

Thou know’st the way to bring me back
My fallen spirit to restore
O for Thy truth and mercy’s sake,
Forgive, and bid me sin no more:
The ruins of my soul repair
And make my heart a house of prayer.

The stone to flesh again convert,
The veil of sin again remove;
Sprinkle Thy blood upon my heart,
And melt it by Thy dying love;
This rebel heart by love subdue,
And make it soft, and make it new.

Give to mine eyes refreshing tears,
And kindle my relentings now;
Fill my whole soul with filial fears,
To Thy sweet yoke my spirit bow;
Bend by Thy grace, O bend or break,
The iron sinew in my neck!

Ah! give me, Lord, the tender heart
That trembles at the approach of sin;
A godly fear of sin impart,
Implant, and root it deep within,
That I may dread Thy gracious power,
And never dare to offend Thee more.

– Charles Wesley

Lent Quotes: Henri Nouwen – How am I to let myself be found by Him?

March 1, 2009

Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son is one of my all-time favorite devotional books.  The Episcopal blog Speaking to the Soul posted an excerpt on Feb. 26th.  It is a great perspective on Lent:  God is longing to bring us closer to Him this season.  Will we let Him draw us near and embrace us? (KB)


For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.

Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.

From The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen (New York: Image Books, 1992).

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