Thursday, April 28, 2016

You’re the Way for those we know;
Blessed Savior, give them You.
May Your Spirit to them go;
Blessed Savior, give them You.

You’re the Truth for those we love;
Caring Savior, give them You.
Grant them now the Spirit Dove;
Caring Savior, give them You.

You’re the Life for those who hate;
Loving Savior, give them You.
May Your Spirit theirs awake;
Loving Savior, give them You.

You’re the Light for unknown souls;   
Risen Savior, give them You.
May Your Spirit make them whole;
Risen Savior, give them You.

May today they’ll seek Your face!
May today You’ll grant them grace!
Since salvation comes from You,
Blessed Savior, give them You!
                        M. Robbins

O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour.  Job 16:21

     God, does Your heart ever groan when we go shopping for shoes - for “soles” - when we should be praying for the salvation of “souls?”
     God, do You ever grow weary of hearing us speaking about non-essential things when we should be speaking to others about Your love and grace?   
     And when we spend more time planning for festive holiday occasions than the time we spend in prayer for the salvation of those we know, do You weep then, God?
     Unfortunately, it seems more rewarding to talk to our friends about current decorating and fashion trends than it does to pray to You about the salvation of our acquaintances.
     Oh, God!  How shameful it is that we can excitedly think about an eternity in Heaven with You and spend so little time in prayer for our loved ones, friends, and even enemies who know not Your love and have not experienced Your saving grace!
     And yet, oh God, despite our constant failures, despite our not  praying for others, please look upon us today with love and tenderness. 
     Take into account that we are still sinners saved by Your grace and that the burden of praying for the unsaved too often weighs us down in sorrow.
     Also remember that we still battle with the “seen” and the “unseen” and that we really do have trouble comprehending the whole idea of what it means to be a “saved individual headed towards Heaven” in comparison with being an “unsaved soul headed towards Hell.”
     But sometimes through Your Spirit, oh God, our spiritual eyes do seem to see the “unseen.”  When that happens, our spirit goes to a higher level and with a greater comprehension, we see You as the Great I AM through whom everything exists because of Your words.  Also at that point, we understand more clearly that all men - kings, princes, billionaires, artists, politicians, etc., are as mere butterflies amidst a thousand galaxies when compared with You.
     Truly, we are less than nothing if our sins have not been washed in the blood of the Lamb.
     So as we pray for others, God, hear past our simple words.
     And hear the tears streaming from our soul as we cry aloud to You:

     “You’re the Prize for those we know.  Please give
     them You!  Please give them You!”
                                                                                                                                           M. Robbins

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