The following is a prayer asking God to refine our lives and our ministries to be centered wholly and passionately on Him. It’s a prayer that God, in His infinite grace, would move us aside and make much of Himself.
O my Lord,
Let not my ministry be approved only by men,
or merely win the esteem and affections of people;
But do the work of grace in their hearts,
call in Your elect,
seal and edify the regenerate ones,
and command eternal blessings on their souls.
Save me from self-opinion and self-seeking;
Water the hearts of those who hear Your Word,
that seed sown in weakness may be raised in power;
Cause me and those that hear me
to behold You here in the light of special faith,
and hereafter in the blaze of endless glory;
Make my every sermon a means of grace to myself,
and help me to experience the power of Your dying love,
For Your blood is balm,
Your presence, bliss,
Your smile, heaven,
Your cross, the place where truth and mercy meet.
Look upon the doubts and discouragements
of my ministry and keep me from self-importance;
I beg pardon for my many sins, omissions, infirmities as a minister;
Command Your blessing on my weak, unworthy labors
and on the message of salvation given;
Stay with Your people, and may Your presence be their portion and mine.
When I preach to others let not my words be merely elegant and masterly,
my reasoning, polished and refined,
my performance, powerless and tasteless
but may I exalt You and humble sinners.
O Lord of power and grace,
all hearts are in Your hands,
all events at Your disposal,
Set the seal of Your almighty will upon my ministry.
– Valley of Vision