A Strengthening Prayer

I love good poetry, so you will find some here from time to time.  This is from one of my favorite authors, Amy Carmichael.  Although I don’t know that she ever had this battle that we are engaging in, I do know that she had numerous severe health challenges that constantly wore on her Spirit and required the continual denial of self.  Be encouraged with this.

From prayer that asks that I may be

Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,

From fearing when I should aspire,

From faltering when I should climb higher

From silken self, O Captain, free

Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,

From easy choices, weakenings,

(Not thus are spirits fortified,

Not this way went the Crucified)

From all that dims Thy Calvary

O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way,

The faith that nothing can dismay

The hope no disappointments tire,

The passion that will burn like fire;

Let me not sink to be a clod;

Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

– Amy Carmichael

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