Monday, February 29, 2016

The Word of the Lord


Lord, you spoke, and worlds sprang into being.
You spoke, and there was light.
You spoke, and there was life.

Your word is more powerful than we can imagine.
You had the prophet speak, and dead bones came together and lived.
Jesus spoke, and a dead girl lived.
He spoke, and dead Lazarus came forth alive.
Peter spoke, and dead Tabitha lived.

Today, you call us to speak the words of your gospel.
We speak, and dead hearts spring to life.
We speak, and stony hearts become new and pliable.
We speak, and spiritually dead people live.

The power is not in our personalities,
    Nor in our programs,
       Nor in our persuasive abilities.
It's in you and in your words that you've given us to speak.

Some, blinded by Satan, will hear without hearing,
But you, who gave the word, will speak life to some.

Lord, use your word.

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.
--Hebrews 4:12, HCSB

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Re-clothed


Lord, you found me filthy,
Singed and seared with sin.
Then you stripped me naked,
Washed me out and in.
You put clean clothes on me,
Vestments of your grace,
With the right to access
Your own holy place.

..."Remove the filthy garments from him." And to him he said, "Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments."
--Zechariah 3:4


I first posted this prayer-poem in November of 2006. I hope you enjoy the re-post.

--© 2006, Jim Swindle
Non-profit reproduction of up to 100 copies along with this notice IS permitted.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Break


Father

Break our hardened hearts
Find our Pharaohs and defeat them
Slice to heal, so we'll feel
Not numbed your truth

And answers come
Your will is done
Though now by fits, in bits, on earth
The day will dawn--who knows what year--
Night will fall
Away to endless day
But that's not yet

Fill us
     Will us
Wear us
     Tear us
If you must
But break our hardened hearts

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV)

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Prayer for the Church's Preaching

May the word be heard today...
Not just what some men would say,
But the word that comes from you,
Slicing hearts to make men new.

May the vacant ground be plowed
Through the preaching to the crowd
So that in each hearing heart
What was weak is set apart.

May that freshly hallowed ground
Se seeds grow, mature, abound
Till the victory is bright
And we shine with holy light.

No more seeking selfish sin.
Now's the day. Let life begin
As we kill the sinful past
And walk in your ways at last.

For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. (I Corinthians 1:21 NET)