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Monday, July 15, 2013

This Prayer: The 'HEART AND SOUL' of J. Frank Norris

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, of ever thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God. We confess our helplessness this morning. There is no good thing within us.  Our strength is all weakness. Our wisdom is foolishness. But we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.

And as little children that come to their fathers and mothers, we come unto thee today, for thou hast said, “How much more shall you heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.”

Breathe upon this great audience thine own self, and may this be a bethel to the lives of all that come here today. It is not too much to ask of thee that those who shall come receive life everlasting.

We give grateful thanks for thy manifold blessings to those who hear the gospel; to God be all the glory. And may salvation come to many today, here and at the tabernacle this afternoon and evening.

O Lord, revive thy work in our midst, in the midst of the years make known, in wrath remember mercy. Our land is in turmoil, the world is in an awful storm.  But our Savior is on board. He can guide in the storm.

Lord, help us today to resign ourselves to thy holy will as never before, and as clay in the potter’s hand to be molded, to be used. And when the battle’s over, and our tired bodies crumble to dust, and our spirits go where the spirit of just men are made perfect, one look - one look - on the face of our Lord will be glory enough.

Bless the strangers within our gates, hearts that are broken, souls that are heavy with sorrow - help us all to put our hands in the mighty hand of God.

We ask for Christ’s sake, Amen.

~ J. Frank Norris

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