Finding The Right Words

“O Lord, do it again! Do it again!”

Psalm 7:1-17

Reference: “Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭7:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Application“Dr J. Edwin Orr, the greatest authority ever on renewal in the church was a lecturer at Wheaton College. He took some students in 1940 for a brief visit to England including the Epworth Rectory.

Beside the bed were two worn impressions on the carpet where it was said John Wesley knelt hours in prayer for England’s social and spiritual renewal. As the students were getting on the bus, he noticed one was missing.

Going back upstairs he found one student kneeling in the carpet knee holes praying with his face on the bed: “O Lord, do it again! Do it again!”

Orr placed a hand on the student’s shoulder and said gently, “Come on Billy, we must be going.” And rising, Billy Graham rejoined the bus.”

As told by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes A.C – Wesley Mission

Explore: We all have great desires in our hearts. Sometimes we don’t have the words to express everything.

Luckily, God knows our hearts. We are also fortunate that there are people who have gone before us with similar desires who have expressed prayers that align with those of our heart.

This is one of the greatest things about reading the Bible. I find that often the scripture holds the words I’m looking for to express the desires of my heart.

When Billy Graham visited John Wesley’s room he drew on the heart of Wesley to express his own desire to God.

So, too, can we draw on the words of those from the Bible as we call out to God, no matter what our situation may be.

Prayer: Lord, You know the desires of our hearts. May we find the words to express our service and worship of You. Amen.

Whose words have helped you to express how you are feeling or thinking?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.


Randall PermannAugust 1, 2016 at 12:29 AMReply

I am interested as a group to use ur book but not single.

Carolyn CoteApril 11, 2018 at 6:10 AMReply

Hi Linda. Can you give me your source for this story? I find I can’t back up it’s validity in any of my research into J. Edwin Orr and Billy Graham,

Thank you,
Carolyn Cote