Asking God to Cleanse the Intent of our Hearts

This campsite has no building in which to study, gather, make music, read, and so one parent and a bevy of diligent students drives 10 miles to the public library, where there are books (!), quiet places, and cool air.  The library opens at 9, which means that studying from 6 to 8 has to happen somewhere else.  A kind soul at the Java Ranch decided to open his doors earlier than usual, exclusively for the students-on-their-way-to-California, so three sons and a parent are out and about before breakfast.  All this on the road time lends itself to great discussions over breakfast, as the traveling students digest what they have been reading, and the Scriptures they have been perusing in the dark before dawn.  Breakfast conversation this morning centred on Saul and the removal of the Holy Spirit when Saul disobeyed God. 

And so now, 3 hours after breakfast, I am still thinking about the Holy Spirit.  I opened a Tozer book on the subject, (Tozer: Mystery of the Holy Spirit) –a book that I had never read before– and was struck by this opening prayer:

Lord, I would trust Thee completely; I would be altogether Thine; I would exalt Thee above all. I desire that I may feel no sense of possessing anything outside of Thee. I want constantly to be aware of thy overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice. I long to live in restful sincerity of heart. I want to live so fully in the Spirit that all my thought may be as sweet incense ascending to Thee and every part of my life may be an act of worship. Therefore I pray in the word of Thy great servant of old, “I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee.” And all this I confidently believe Thou wilt grant me through the merits of Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.

One Response to “Asking God to Cleanse the Intent of our Hearts”

  1. Jean Says:

    The prayer is beautiful, it goes straight to the heart. Thank you. I pray your travels continue with peace and safety.

    Love & Blessings, Jean

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