Lent Quotes: Remember Small Things Too

March 17, 2010

Yes, lent calls us to think great thoughts and to embrace great visions of faith, and we try to do that. But it’s a season–our reading today reminds us– for remembering small things too. “A cup of cold water,” a prisoner, someone sick visited, someone naked clothed, someone hungry fed, “a word to the weary to rouse them.”

The law of God often comes down to small things, and the greatest in the kingdom of God are the best at that.

From Victor Hoagland’s March 10th reflection “The Least of the Commandments”

Purify Your intercessors, Lord

March 17, 2010

1 Chronicles 28:9 NIV
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Create in us, the intercessors for Sudan, clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Cleanse our hands so that they will please You in worship. Purify our hearts with Your word. Cut the ligatures of idolatry and lies that we may cast them off, like Bartimaeus throwing off his beggar’s cloak.
Lord, we yearn to ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in Your holy place! Bless our requests, O Savior, and vindicate Sudan. Amen.
Psalm 24:3-5, 51:10

New Hampshire

March 17, 2010

In 1858 in great cities and small towns all over America, people were assembling every night for prayer. The Layman’s Prayer Revival invaded even the village of Hell Corner, New Hampshire. Prayer, of course, was unheard of in this stronghold of sin. However, one day a man unleashed a volley of profanity so outrageous that even the citizens of Hell Corner were shocked. Jokingly, somebody said, “We need a prayer meeting here in Hell Corner.” To everyone’s amazement plans got underway for a village prayer meeting. They went to a nearby town and found a deacon who came to lead a prayer meeting in this citadel of evil. God answered prayer and four hardened men became Christians. Soon prayer gave birth to a group of godly believers proving that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the fervent prayers of people who trust the Almighty.

Lord God Almighty,

Crown New Hampshire with a revival of pure and undefiled religion greater than any demonstration of the Spirit ever granted to it before.  Amen.

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