October 13, 2021

Thy Servant Heareth

Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”
1 Samuel 3:4
Master, speak! thy servant heareth,
waiting for thy gracious word,
longing for thy voice that cheereth,
Master, let it now be heard.
I am listening, Lord, for thee;
what hast thou to say to me?

Speak to me by name, O Master,
let me know it is to me;
speak, that I may follow faster,
with a step more firm and free,
where the Shepherd leads the flock,
in the shadow of the Rock!

Master, speak! though least and lowest,
let me not unheard depart;
Master, speak! for oh, thou knowest
all the yearning of my heart,
knowest all its truest need;
speak! and make me blest indeed.

One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you.”
 Acts 18:9-10
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Master, speak! and make me ready,
when thy voice is truly heard,
with obedience glad and steady,
still to follow ev'ry word.
I am listening, Lord, for thee:
Master, speak, oh speak to me!
 Frances Ridley Havergal (1867)
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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