Colossians: Christ Preeminent & Precious! ~ 10-7-10

Dear Brothers,

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we will continue our study of Colossians from where we left off last week.  Great discussion last week!  Be sure to bring your handouts from last week with you.

As Colossians focuses so tightly on the centrality and supremacy of Christ, I thought I would share this old Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions.  These prayers are drawn from a number of Christian pastors and theologians of the seventeenth century, known as the Puritans, as well as, some of their nineteenth century descendants, such as Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  And, while each of the prayers in this little book is anonymous, I can’t help but think that the one before you is from the heart and pen of Spurgeon, himself.  The language is antiquated in all the right ways.  Prayer like this calls us to go and grow beyond perfunctory checklist prayers to a deep place of adoration and dependence upon Jesus.  The prayer is titled:

Christ Is All

May I read the meltings of thy heart to me in the manger of thy birth, in the garden of thy agony, in the cross of thy suffering, in the tomb of thy resurrection, in the heaven of thy intercession.

Bold in this thought I defy my adversary, tread down his temptation, resist his schemings, renounce the world, am valiant for truth.

Deepen in me a sense of my holy relationship to thee, as spiritual Bridegroom, as Jehovah’s Fellow, as sinner’s Friend.

I think of thy glory and my vileness, thy majesty and my meanness, thy beauty and my deformity, thy purity and my filth, thy righteousness and my iniquity.

Thou hast loved me everlastingly, unchangeably, may I love thee as I am loved; Thou hast given thyself for me, may I give myself to thee; thou hast died for me, may I live to thee, in every moment of my time, in every movement of my mind, in every pulse of my heart.

May I never dally with the world and its allurements, but walk by thy side, listen to thy voice, be clothed with thy graces, and adorned with thy righteousness.

I say, Amen!  I’ll see ya’ll tomorrow morning, 6:30am.


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