Thursday, October 15, 2015

Grow Upwards

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
—Psalm 118:5
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
—2 Corinthians 3:17
Freedom expresses a condition in which nothing hinders us from being what we would be and ought to be. In other words, freedom is the ability to do as we truly want. Though the power of sin be over us, the power of the law against us, the power of the law of sin within us, hindering us, yet if we stand in the freedom of the Holy Spirit, we are then truly free: nothing can prevent or hinder us from being what we would be and ought to be. As it is the nature of a tree to grow upwards if it is free from all hindrances, so as children of God we also grow to what we ought to be and shall be. And when the Holy Spirit leads us into this freedom, there springs up within us the joyful knowledge that God's strength empowers us to live faithfully.
—Andrew Murray (alt.)
Let this prayer be the opening of a longer personal prayer.
O thou who hast so graciously called me to be thy servant, I hold myself in readiness for thy least word of command:
  • Let me keep the edges of my mind keen.
  • Let me keep my thinking straight and true.
  • Let me keep my passions in control.
  • Let me keep my will active.
  • Let me keep my fit as the temple of thy Spirit.
  • Let me remember him whose food it was to do the will of you, who sent him.
In thy great mercy, save me from the temptations that beset me, and bring me to everlasting life, by the power of the holy cross.
—John Baillie (alt.)
(Spoken aloud or silently)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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