Elder's Prayer - August 11, 2019
Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday.
From the Puritan Prayer Book, The Valley of Vision, and a portion of Isaiah 25…
O Sovereign God,
Your cause, not my own, engages my heart,
and I appeal to you with greatest freedom
to set up your kingdom in every place
where Satan reigns;
Glorify yourself and I will rejoice.
Glorify yourself, for bringing honour to your name is my sole desire.
I love you that you are God,
and I long that others should know it, feel it,
and rejoice in it!
O that all men might love and praise you,
And that you would have all glory from the intelligent world!
Let sinners be brought to you for your dear name, and for your glory!
To the eye of reason - to the human intellect, and to mortal rationale - everything concerning the conversion of others is as dark as midnight.
But you can accomplish great things!
The cause is yours!
And it is to your glory that men should be saved!
Lord, use me as you will,
do with me what you will;
but, O, promote your cause alone.
Let your kingdom come.
Let your blessed interest be advanced in this world!
O, do bring great numbers to Jesus,
And let me also see that glorious day.
Give me to grasp for multitudes of souls;
And let me be willing, even to die to that end.
Yet, while I live, let me labour for you to the utmost of my strength,
spending time profitably in this work, both in health and in weakness.
It is your cause, and it is your kingdom I long for, not my own.
O, Lord, answer thou my request!
[From Isaiah 25:8,9…]
It will be said on that day - on that day when death is swallowed up forever, when tears are wiped from all faces, and the reproach of his people will be removed -
It will be said, "Behold, this is our God! And we have waited for him, that he might save us. To him be all glory. We will be glad and rejoice!”
It will be said, “This is the LORD - Yahweh is his name, the eternal self-existent one, our Savior - and we have waited for him. To him be all glory!
We will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
For it is your cause, and it is your kingdom we long for, not our own.
O, Lord, answer thou our request!
In Jesus name and for his glory we pray, Amen.