We sang this hymn in worship recently and later that afternoon I wrote it down in my journal so that I could refer to it regularly. It’s a beautiful song, but it’s perhaps even more powerful if you read it without singing it. Please pray this prayer for us in our remaining time in Greenville. And then continue to pray it for us as we transition into life in Orangeburg.
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
to receive the food of Your holy word.
Take Your truth; plant it deep in us.
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness
that the light of Christ might be seen today
in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
all Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
in the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail,
let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds.
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
that will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises
and by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
and the earth is filled with Your glory.
(Stuart Townend & Keith Getty, 2005)
And pray it for yourselves and your families as well! This is a church planting prayer, and we are all the church. We can all pray fervently that God’s truth will be planted deep in us, that our faith will rise as we stand on his promises, and that Christ’s love will shine boldly through us. It’s in this way that the Lord will build his church. Some of us are called to go and plant in a new field, and some of us are called to stay and plow in our same old garden. But wherever your soil is located, it is your acts of love and your deeds of faith that will be used for the glory of God.