("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)
"Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening!" 1 Samuel
Lord, I may not expect to hear You speak to me with an audible
voice, as You spoke to Samuel; but by Your Word and by Your Spirit--You still
speak to the hearts of Your people.
O Lord, but speak thus unto me. Speak
to my mind, my conscience, and my heart . . .
words of instruction,
words of warning,
words of reproof,
words of counsel,
according as You, in Your infinite wisdom, see fit.
to me as my Savior--tell me of Your redeeming mercy.
Speak to me
as my Friend--draw near and commune with my heart.
Speak to me as
my Father--and tell me of Your care and constant love.
burdened with sin, say unto me, "I, even I, am He who blots out your sins as a
cloud, and your transgressions as a thick cloud!"
When struggling with
inward corruption, say unto my soul, "I am your salvation!"
distressed in the hour of trial, say unto me, "Do not fear, for I am with you.
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you--I
will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
In every time of need,
say to my heart, "My grace is sufficient for you."
for Your servant is listening!"
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan