A Prayer For Our Journey

September 1, 2016


An opening prayer as we launch this blog for the Glory of God

Dear Lord,

I refuse henceforth to compete with any of Thy servants.  They have congregations larger than mine.  So be it.  I rejoice in their success.  They have greater gifts.  Very well.  That is not in their power nor in mine.  I am humbly grateful for their greater gifts and my smaller ones.  I only pray that I may use to Thy glory such modest gifts as I possess.  I will not compare myself with any, nor try to build up my self-esteem by noting where I may excel one or another in Thy holy work.

I herewith make a blanket disavowal of all intrinsic worth.  I am but an unprofitable servant.  I gladly go to the foot of the class and own myself as the least of Thy people.  If I err in self judgment and actually underestimate myself I do not want to know it.

I purpose to pray for others and to rejoice in their prosperity as if it were my own.  And indeed it is my own if it is Thine own, for what is Thine is mine, and while one plants and another waters it is Thou alone that giveth the increase.*

Amen.

*A W Tozer (Ron Eggert), Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, Inc., 2001), October 31 devotion.

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