Author Archives: J. Randal Matheny

Lord, You Know

Lord, you know who needs the gospel truth,
To free them from the chains of Satan’s lies,
To live in perfect peace and certain hope,
To receive that purest love that never fails.

May I, O God, on hearing your surest word,
Know too who stands without the cleansing blood;
Give to your humble servant the courage of love
To speak the only message that saves the sinner.

Reverence in prayer

Ben G. asks us,”Do you remember this when praying?

A while ago, I heard a young person start of his prayer with, “Hey God! What’s up?!” When I heard that I just about fell over. I know prayer should be a deeply personal thing. But when we start talking to God like an equal, or like He is our ‘best bud’ at school or work, then maybe we need to reassess our mindset. Perhaps we need to have the attitude of the publican who wouldn’t even lift his eyes up to heaven because he was so aware of his sin (Luke 18:9-14).

 

Thank you for Christian friends

Thank you, Lord, for Christian friends who encourage us, provide us with cheerful companionship and brace us in our faith.

Thank you that we can share our joys and hurts together and be accepted and cheered and comforted.

Thank you for the sincere love and transparent honesty that help us grow in the body of Christ. Continue reading

What virtue in short supply?

What virtue is in short supply, O Lord, if not patience? In the world and in me, we want to see things happening now. And though I desire that even in the kingdom justice and fruit and virtue prevail (“thy kingdom come, thy will be done!”), teach me that you will act in your time and at your pace.

For patience is a lesson learned hard and slow.

Then again, you allow me to be impatient, so to speak, for the coming of my Savior. Our pray continues to be “Maranatha!” Our eyes continue to look upwards for his appearing.

Let us never leave off our desire to hurry up his day.