This Monday, January 29, 2018, our church is ordaining a gentleman who is currently on death row in Tennessee. It is going to be an exciting day, and a day full of redemption and reconciliation! I hope to blog more about this after Monday. But today, while preparing for this special occasion, I ran across an old prayer that has been in my files for years. I am going to use this prayer Monday. It is a prayer by Benjamin Randall in 1777. If you don’t know who he was, he was the founder of the Free Will Baptist denomination, the denomination that still allows me to be an ordained minister. Here is the prayer:
Dear Lord, here I am, I am Thine. Thou hast made me and I have been the care of Thy kind providence continually, though most unworthy. Lord, take me, and use me as seemeth good in Thy sight. If it is Thy will that I should preach the gospel, Lord, take me and send me where Thou wilt; only go with me and let me have the assistance of Thy Spirit. For Thou knowest, Lord, I do not count my life dear to myself, so that I may win souls to Jesus Christ. I will by Thy grace, wear out my life in Thy cause. My greatest happiness shall be to die a martyr for the gospel of Christ. Here, Lord, is also my dear wife and children. I give them up to Thee. I know not what will become of them, or how I shall provide for them, but O Lord, Thou knowest and I cast them on Thee. Now, O Lord, accept this hearty surrender, which I make for Christ’s sake, Amen.