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I Need You

Good evening, Father. This weekend has been full. I am weary but it is important that I sit down with You. I am listening – may I hear what You would say to me. Amen.

I’ve begun a sermon series on the importance of the Holy Spirit playing an ever present role in our lives. As I preached through my sermon for the second time this morning, a closing paragraph grabbed my heart. I pray that those who hear what You lay upon my heart, Lord, are moved by You. Quite often I am moved in preparation and it is definitely not unusual that I am moved when I preach as well.

The paragraph, penned by Wes Humble when he was pastoring in Newark, Ohio some years ago, reads as follows:

“God I need you. I need you to keep changing me. I need you to make me more like you. I need you to help me love others like you. I need you to help me overcome my addiction. I need you to help me forgive. I need you to give me the right words to say at home, to my neighbor, to my friend. I need you to use me. I need you to work through me.”

The phrase “I need You…” occurs nine times in that short paragraph. I stressed to those listening this morning, that that concept is the crux of our walk with Christ. We lack the ability to walk alone. We will fail without You, Lord. We are utterly incapable of doing what we should do without You as a part of the equation.

As the week begins, Lord, I place myself squarely in line with You.  You state in Your Holy Word,

“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  Matthew 11:29-30

Holy Spirit, guide me, direct me, stop me, encourage me, use me. “I need You…”

Aug 13th, Sun, 9:29 pm

Journey On

Father, I need You this morning. Many things are attacking me from many sides. I’m being distracted. I’m being side-tracked. I’m being pre-occupied. Forgive me. Help me regain my focus on You. For me to be victorious, You have to be my number one priority! It’s too easy to let other things take my time – less important things… It’s a new day in a new month – a fresh page with which to begin. Let’s do this together!

May my heart be right with thee,
                 and my life as becometh the gospel.
            May I maintain a supreme regard to another and better world,
                 and feel and confess myself a stranger and a pilgrim here.
            Afford me all the direction, defense, support, and consolation
                my journey hence requires,
                     and grant me a mind stayed upon thee.

                                                                        – The Valley of Vision

Lord, may this be my prayer…

An old hymn comes to mind, and I looked to see if I’d referred to it before – and I had, a year ago almost to the day! It is no less applicable.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now my Savior!
I come to Thee.                               – Annie S. Hawks

Nov.1st, Tues, 6:32 am

I Need You

Father, You are well aware that I am heading into a very full and hectic time of year. After 15 years that is really nothing new…but our time together in the midst of it is. I truly need to spend quality time with You each day and getting home at midnight or 1:00 am some days and leaving home at 5 or 6:00 am is going to make things much more difficult. Help me, Father, to be determined to carve out time for us…it must be a priority for me!

2 Timothy 1:15-18 (<<click here)

Lord, no matter whom or where we are, we must be diligent in pursuing our relationship with You. In my passage this morning Paul refers to three individuals by name. All of them had relationships with him but only one of them stuck with him, the other two deserted him. Once again my opening thoughts are in alignment with what you want me to deal with as I read Your Word – You continue to set things up perfectly for me. Over and over again You show that they were orchestrated just for me for “such a time as this.” Esther 4:14 Thank You for Your Love, Jesus!

Lord, as the old hymn says, (<<click to listen to the hymn!)

            “I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
            Every hour I need Thee;
            Oh, bless me now, my Savior!
            I come to Thee.” 

Our time together is sweet. It sustains me thru the press of the day. For me to accomplish Your calling on my life, time with You is the one necessity that I cannot do without. You are truly a “Love that wilt not let me go.” (another old hymn)

Oct 30th, Fri, 6:33 am

You Can’t Take It with You

Father, as this day begins my thoughts go towards what it will entail. First, I know I will be a part of two wonderful groups of people. I pray that we will truly worship You in Spirit and truth. May we come together with the expectation of coming into Your presence and eagerly learning from You and being determined to apply what we have learned to our lives. Secondly, Father I would ask that You would be with me and Karen in whatever we decide to do. Help us to cherish our time together and to love each other more and more.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (<<click here)

One of the most alluring things (and quite often one of the most elusive) in life is wealth. Some are content with little; others are not content with much. Our culture has an insatiable desire for “stuff” and to get it they must have wealth – and many pursue the acquisition of said wealth by whatever means necessary.

Lord, it’s a struggle! We all want our needs met but where do we draw the line? How much is enough? When does our “enough” cross the line over to too much? Lord, help me to find contentment with what I have. Help me to be wise in how I use what You have given me, so my needs will be met and that I can give to others in need, as well. Help me to control the wealth in my life and for it not to control me. Help me to obsess over what is truly important – my relationship with You and how that in turn impacts my relationship with others. Then may I not obsess over what is “here today and gone tomorrow.” “After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it” v.7

Sept 27th, Sun, 6:26 am