A Saturday Evening Prayer

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Another Saturday evening blessing, courtesy of my ever-prayerful friend, Ray Hardin:


Looks Like Compassion

I'm most amazed, O Lord, when your grace looks

like compassion.  When you look me over, see what

I've been through, know how nearly out of life I

am, and you love me…like me…all the same.

Someone told me once that I would have to

be  good, look good, live some perfect life

for you to take any notice of me at all.  What a

tragedy of misinformation.  What a waste of


time.  And what an unthinkable affront to you.

To think I could clean myself up sufficiently

to merit your favor.  That I could earn your

affection by rule-keeping and right-living.  As if

you couldn't—wouldn't—see right through that

kind of religious charade.  As if there would ever

be sufficient cleaning up to look good in your

sight.  It was almost a perfect formula for not


needing you at all if I could heal myself, forgive myself, save

myself.  But oh how you have shown me, Lord, oh

how clearly you have let me see that my best salvation efforts

are only a joke.  So now I'm going to be as brave as I can be

and say, Here I am, Lord.  Sinful through and

through.  Filthy from many falling downs.

Wounded by many failures.  Totally depending

on your amazing grace that looks like compassion.



Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including: ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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