An Old Heart Like Mine. . .

ocrprayerMy eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to you and dead to me

But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up
With oil and wine
The oil is you, your spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of your blood

I have shared for decades that there were three reasons that I stayed close to Jesus during my adolescence:  1).  The keeping power of the Holy Spirit  2).  Praying parents   3). The music of Keith Green

The lyrics above have been a compass for me spiritually.  They continually point me back to the only source of life:  The love of God displayed in the sacrificial death of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

In this new year, I am praying for those around me who have dry eyes, old faith, a hard heart and cold prayers.  I am praying for a deep, vibrant spiritual life for those that I love; that they would once again put to death self-interest and find life in living for the glory of Another.

Right now, receive this prayer:

Jesus, let the Holy Spirit, this powerful force of God’s love, sweep over us. Let it cover us like a Holy oil and bring out the fragrance of Jesus.  God, would you cause the power of Christ’s death to take away all of our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Like a fine wine, would you allow your Spirit to fill us with a joy that comes from the very throne of Christ.  Give us full life this year and give us a soft heart.  Amen.

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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2 Responses to An Old Heart Like Mine. . .

  1. So, so good, Rich … may not have had me in mind, but I fully receive the whole thing and covet your friendship and prayers over this past year. Thank you for both …

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