A Challenging Quote from Hudson Taylor

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Recently I was rereading Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret and came across this quote that has always served as an inspirational challenge and I commend it to you! For us in the West today, Christianity is easy going on steroids. However, it will not always be this way. Better to begin paying the price now to grow in Christ-like character and to become a vessel fit for the Master’s use (2 Timothy 2:21).

 

A Prayer of Confession for Good Friday

Merciful Father, we meet each other today at the foot of the cross.
We wait with each other as those who inflict wounds on one another:
Have mercy on us.

As those who spurn Your love for other loves:
Be merciful to us.

As those who put our trust in power and prestige:
Be merciful to us.

As those who pursue only our own personal interests:
Be merciful to us.

As those who put others on trial:
Be merciful to us.

As those who refuse to forgive:
Be merciful to us.

As those who are afraid of the world’s frown and displeasure:
Be merciful to us. Amen.

God’s Stubborn Compassion for Stubborn People – Psalm 78

The overarching theme of Psalm 78 and God’s ultimate praiseworthy deed is
His stubborn compassion for stubborn people.
Derek Kidner, one of my favorite OT commentators,
writes,

“If Israel’s record is her shame, God’s persistent goodness emerges as her hope
and ours for the unfinished story.”

The Bible is a record of our family history.
It ought to foster both humility and hope in us.
It forces us to honestly assess and remember
how incorrigibly rebellious and stubborn we’ve been
as well as how merciful God has been to return again and again
in compassion to deliver us.
This is one primary way we celebrate the gospel with others,
especially our kids.
We humble ourselves and admit when we’re wrong.

When You Have Fallen in Your Spiritual Journey – A Prayer of Confession & Renewal

Good and gracious Lord,
we praise and thank You
that our moral failings do not take You by surprise.
You told Peter he would deny you three times
before the rooster crowed.
Forgive us for the ways that we have denied You
by loving the approval of others more than Yours.
Grant us renewed boldness
to openly identify ourselves as Your followers.
Make us people of honest confession,
unshakeable assurance, unquestioning obedience,
abiding joy, and full devotion.
For we pray in the strong name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Barabbas and Jesus – A Prayer of Confession of Sin

Luke 23:18 – But they all cried out together,
“Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas
(whose name means ‘son of the father’).”

23:22 – A third time he [Pilate] said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?
I have found in him no guilt deserving death.

God, our heavenly Father,
we adore You for the sweet,
beautiful exchange of the Gospel.
A guilty son of the father is released
because the innocent son of the Father is condemned.
Overwhelm us with gratitude
knowing that we were that guilty son.
Forgive us the times that we allow
the fear of man to compromise our convictions,
to violate our consciences,
and to lead us into many snares.
Grant us a firm resolve to follow Jesus
no matter what the costs
because He is the true King of heaven.
We make our prayer in His name, Amen.

Putting on Airs vs. Putting on Armor

A Prayer of Confession

Gracious heavenly Father,
we confess that we put on airs
more often than we put on Your armor.
Forgive us for our self-promotion,
self-protection and self-reliance.
Pardon us for not cherishing and trusting in Your gifts
of righteousness, faith, and salvation
during times of temptation and spiritual conflict.
Transform us by Your Spirit
so that we live as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.
For we pray in His strong name,
Who is our strength and our defender. Amen.

Awakened to the Lord – C.S. Lewis

CS Lewis“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy,
the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it,
that does not prove that the universe is a fraud.
Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it,
but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 120)…

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country,
which I shall not find till after death…
I must make it the main object of life
to press on to that other country
and to help others do the same.”