Saturday, November 15, 2008
But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken. Mark 5:36 RV
Lord, give us holy deafness when hurtful words are said. Help us to continue to be about our Father's business and not be shipwrecked because of cruel comments that have pierced our soul. Help us to pray as You prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Sometimes, Lord, those You have called us to serve sting us, and we find it difficult to wash their feet, but You, Master, washed Judas' feet and you called him, "Friend." You knew, from the beginning, what was in his heart. Yet You humbled Yourself and ministered to him just hours before he would betray You.
We openly admit, Lord, that our hearts resist and scream, "I can see through them."
But You, Lord, plead with us, "See them through."
Our restless souls wail, "I'm not budging an inch."
But You, Lord, entreat us, "When they ask you to go one mile, go with them, two."
We can go the second mile, as long as You go with us, Lord. You make the bitter very sweet.
Lord, grant us holy deafness so we can obey Your Word. We're in earnest when we say we want to be like You. We place Your cup to our lips, Lord, and we drink. We realize it's the only way our world will ever come to know You. If You, Savior, live out Your life through us.
Lord, give us holy deafness to the careless conversations with those we come in contact with, but give us keen hearing to Your Holy Spirit.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
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