Sunday, February 11, 2007

A Prayer For Holy Spirit Power

On Sunday, November 18, 1770, John Wesley preached the funeral of his old friend, George Whitefield. Toward the close of his address, he broke out in prayer:
O God, with Thee no word is impossible! Thou does whatsoever please Thee! O that Thou would cause the mantle of Thy prophet, whom Thou hast taken up, now to fall upon us that remain! 'Where is the Lord God of Elijah?' Let his spirit rest upon these Thy servants! Show Thou art the God that answers by fire! Let the fire of Thy love fall on every heart! And because we love Thee, let us love one another with a 'love stronger than death!' Take away from us 'all anger, and wrath, and bitterness; all clamor and evil speaking!' Let Thy Spirit so rest upon us, that from this hour we may be 'kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ’s sake hath forgiven us!'
(Sermons, # 53, "On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield")