“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.”“Wesley Covenant Service”, John Wesley, Founder of the Methodist Church
Also, did you know that Martha’s Vinyard is the site of the first Methodist Summer Campground in the United States?
This week I am in London visiting Holy Trinity Brompton Church, the church that, as they say “discovered” the Alpha Course.
If your not familiar with the Alpha Course, you really should investigate it for your church, family, or neighborhood. It’s a program for unchurched people helping them to get answers to the meaning of life.
Since 1995, over 22 million people have gone though the Alpha Course with a countless number of salvations.
The amazing thing about Alpha is the single prayer and source of the programs amazing influence, “Come Holy Spirit”.
This prayer is at the very center of Alpha, and everything that Holy Trinity Brompton and it’s leaders do.
Such a simple prayer that’s filled with AMAZING power.
It’s amazing how much we try to do on our own, it’s even more amazing how surprised we are when the response to our own systems and plans make no difference in our life or the lives of the people around us. Yet this simple prayer and the spirit behind it takes whatever natural things we do and turns then into supernatural, world changing works.
I would challenge you, as I have been challenged this week to make this simple, authentic prayer a part of your everyday life.
Come Holy Spirit.
Creating silence in my life has become one of the most powerfully productive exercises I have ever established in life. It’s amazing how much noise surrounds us everyday, keeping us from really taking a breath and just think.
I can get more things accomplished in one day by just taking 15 or 20 minutes in silent thought then I can in a week without it.
It started for me six or seven years ago when I decided to turn off the radio in my car on my way to and from work. Just that brief time in thought helps me order my day and opens my ears to listen to what The Lord has to say about it. (Without interrupting Him with my “great” ideas)
Try it, It’s not easy when you start, but nothing worth doing is.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is when we allow ourselves to walk alongside the edge of temptation. It’s really like walking along the edge of a cliff; all it takes is one little wind gust to blow us over. But we keep walking on the edge of the cliff, looking over the edge and praying, “God help me.” And God is saying, “Get away from the edge of the cliff, genius! You shouldn’t even be on that side of the mountain. Come back over here and walk alongside Me.”
When the whole focus of our prayers is only our relief and happiness, not the glory of God, we will become easily discouraged when we don’t see a quick answer to our prayers.