I confess I am dry and needy of grace and a deeper reality of the Lord in my life, and these 2 subjects I ran across today in looking at some good blogs:
Two great needs for Christians:
1. The Power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministry - Acts 1:6-8; Galatians 5:13-26; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 4:31. I don't know if Paul Washer used these passages in his sermon, but these are ones that hit me with conviction. Paul Washer exhorts us to cry out in fervent prayer and dependence on God and spend time with God in His word for His power to work in our lives and ministry. This is not something charismatic or goofy or emotional. Reformed folks - we believe this and need Him.
2. Realizing that when we cry out in prayer shaped by the Word, for this power and reality, the way God works it in us is usually by pain and trials. (hence the hymn below, "I asked the Lord", words by John Newton) (James 1:2-5; Romans 5:3-5; I Peter 1:6-7)
HT: defending, contending
I had read this Hymn before by John Newton (author of Amazing Grace), I cannot remember where, but I saw it again at the Reformation 21 blog today.