Holy and righteous God; loving and merciful Lord,
May this day begin and end in praise to Your glorious wisdom, providence, justice and compassion.
Father, this morning I lift up the brothers and sisters who will participate in the “Contending for the Faith” lectures, and especially for those who have accepted the burden of speaking in Your behalf.
But I also ask that You pour forth Your Holy Spirit into all who seek to speak for You today. Put Your words in their mouths, and meditations upon Your word in their hearts. May all of us who believe be so blessed as to speak only Your words and not our own; to express Your desires and not our own; to demonstrate the love that is in Your heart and not the passions of our own.
Confound our minds when we attempt anything less. Slur our speech. Stop our tongues. Defeat our selfishness.
Help us proclaim by our words and our lives Jesus Christ, and Him crucified and raised so that by the lifting up of our Savior, all men might be drawn to Him.
May Your Spirit of truth compel us to testify about Jesus … guide us into all truth … and sanctify us in the truth; Your word is truth.
I pray especially for David P. Brown, Terry Hightower, Lester Kamp and Lynn Parker – speaking at CTF today. I also pray for those whose works they critique: Todd Deaver, Al Maxey, C. Leonard Allen, Richard T. Hughes and Michael R. Weed and the family of the late Cecil Hook.
Purge from us “all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Grant us the discernment to test every spirit; to “recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
May all that is spoken today be spoken in Your irenic Spirit of love and concern for the souls of the saints and the unreached.
May our “conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that [we] may know how to answer everyone.”
May all be said and done to Your glory and Yours only – not ours – this day and every day.
I pray this through Your Son, Jesus Christ: