A Musical Prayer for a Monday Lenten Evening: Draw My Soul to Thee (Red Mountain Church)

March 10, 2014

I don’t quite recall how I recently discovered the worship music of Red Mountain Church.  I literally stumbled across it in iTunes store while I was searching  for something else, but I’m so glad I did!  Their 2006 album “Help My Unbelief” is quickly becoming music I’m turning to again and again so far this Lent.

Tonight I’m listening to their wonderful rendition of a hymn from the 1830’s: Draw My Soul to Thee.  It deeply echos the prayer of my heart this Lent.

You can listen to (and purchase) the song at Red Mountain’s bandcamp site.  It’s also available at iTunes.

Listen here:  Draw My Soul to Thee

The lyrics:

Draw My Soul to Thee

Taken from the Gadsby Hymnal #389
Words: Adams, printed in the Gadsby Hymnal, 1838.
Music: Brian T. Murphy & Benj Pocta, 2005.

Draw my soul to Thee, my Lord;
Make me love Thy precious word!Help my unbelief
Bid me seek Thy smiling face;
Willing to be saved by grace.

Dearest Jesus, bid me come;
Let me find Thyself, my home;
Thou the Refuge of my soul,
Where I may my troubles roll.

Lord, Thy powerful work begun,
Thou wilt never leave undone;
Teach me to confide in Thee;
Thy salvation’s wholly free.

© 2006 Red Mountain Music

My two other favorite songs so far from this album:

Mark 1 and 1 Corinthians 1

March 10, 2014

3/10/2014, #60, 1st Quarter 2014John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:4)
      Father, bring us to that baptism of repentance where our sins will be washed away. Let the preaching throughout the diocese bring people to repentance and conversion.

And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:7-8 )
      Jesus, baptize us, immerse us anew in your Holy Spirit. We need the fire of his love.

      Holy Spirit, descend upon us. Prepare our hearts to go deeper in love with Jesus.

Then a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11)
      Father, please help us receive your Spirit of adoption whereby we will know you as our “Abba [Dad], Father”. (See Romans 8:15 and Ephesians 1:1-5)

Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:1-2)
      A word received (1/19/14): Come, I Am calling you.

      Jesus, please help us respond to your call to holiness of life.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
      LORD, we long for your grace and peace. Let the light of your countenance shine forth at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: My hand is upon you, guiding you.

A prayer received: Walk with us and keep us steady.

Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Gen. 37:1-11: 1 Cor. 1:1-19: Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 37:12-24: 1 Cor. 1:20-31: Mark 1:14-28

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, March 8, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Darlene, Chesnut, Steve Evans, Elaine Carrubba, and Torre Bissell on State St. Not many people out on the street this morning.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament

+ 199 Funita (woman) and + Trinny (man) — They asked “for the best that God has for us.”

+Lloyd (man) — “I have lost my uncle 2 days ago. I have nothing.”

Elaine (woman) — She asked prayer for a reversal of the ostio-arthritis in her hand. She also asked prayer for her daughter Beverley.

Ron, the bus driver, honked at us as he drove by.

+Gregory (young man, no English) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him.

199 Estelle (woman) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — She knows Jesus. She asked prayer for her daughter Angel that she would walk with Jesus day by day.

Tobias (regular) — He asked prayer for his friends: Wilson, Randall, Jackson, Sims, Frazier, Floyd, Charles, Miller, and Pastor Sanders, Jr. We prayed for steadiness for Tobias.

+ 199 Sarah and + Mike — They are looking for a place to live. They have been living with parents for two and a half years.

+ 199 Allison and NT Nehemiah — Allison asked for prayer for her daughter Christine and Nehemiah asked prayer for his relationship with Allison and for his kids.

Albany Intercessor

A Puritan Prayer for Lent: Help us Approach Thee Clothed with Humility

March 10, 2014

The following prayer is included in the March 9 Lenten Devotional at the WONDERFUL Biola Lent Project website.  (I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Truly excellent.)

Enable us to remember what thou art
    and what we are,
to recall thy holiness and our unworthiness;
Help us to approach thee clothed with humility,
for vanity, forwardness, insensibility,
disorderly affection, backwardness to duty,
proneness to evil are in our hearts.
Let us never forget thy patience, wisdom,
power, faithfulness, care,
and never cease to respond
to thy invitations.

(Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions)

Go enjoy the full reflection focused on the Return of the Prodigal Son, and a lovely hymn from the group Selah.

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