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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Humble partners with our Lord

The following is taken from my devotional book, Streams in the Desert.

God, will You bind us to the cross, and fill us with such love for it that we will never abandon it? Please bind us with Your scarlet cord of redemption, Your gold cord of love, and the silver cord of hope in Christ's second  coming. Amen.  We ask this so that we will not turn from the cross of sacrifice, or desire becoming anything but humble partners with our Lord in His pain and sorrow.

My question is: Should we or can we pray this prayer?


  • At 7/14/2011 11:40 AM , Blogger artnelson said...

    Patti, while this sounds like a pious prayer, I don't agree with its basic premise. God doesn't transgress our will nor will He do for us what He has asked us to do. Jesus said to those who would follow Him: deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow. Each of these begins as an act of our will. I am already crucified with the Lord. That is a finished act. Now my part is to put to death the works of the flesh, put off the old man, put on the new man. The Lord does not do that for us. We must make the promises and provisions real in our daily life.
    The prayer would be better if it focused on asking the Lord to strenghthen us to do what we need to do. Our desire and committment is obedience. Help us be obedient. It is our responsibility to walk in the Spirit.-------Art Nelson

  • At 7/14/2011 3:37 PM , Blogger Patti Blount said...

    Art-I always appreciate your perspectives. Thanks.

  • At 7/14/2011 3:40 PM , Blogger RALPH said...

    I agree that this is a prayer that God developes inside of a man or woman after some time of maturing. I don't agree with Art's comment because it is a manner of semantics. Weather one ask the father to bind them to the cross or give them the strength is one in the same. It is not asking God to "transgress our will" Because any will that we have to serve him was placed there by him. So to say that this prayer is asking God to transgress our will would be to say that we are asking God to transgress his own will. A prayer like the one mentioned is more of an outflow of our Love for Christ. With that said most have not recieved a deep enough vision of the Lord to understand such a prayer. It's similar to Paul's desire to know Christ "in the fellowship of his suffering".

  • At 7/15/2011 8:13 AM , Blogger Patti Blount said...

    What a rich and glorious walk we have with the Lord, in His sorrow or in His joy!!!


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