A Prayer to Start the Day
Joe McKeeverJoe McKeever says he has written dozens of books, but has published none. That refers to the 1,000+ articles on various subjects (prayer, leadership, church, pastors) that can be found on his website -- joemckeever.com -- and which are reprinted by online publications everywhere. His articles appear in a number of textbooks and other collections. Retired from "official" ministry since the summer of 2009, Joe stays busy drawing a daily cartoon for Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net), as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, writing for Baptist MenOnline for the North American Mission Board, and preaching/drawing/etc for conventions and churches across America. Over a 42 year period, McKeever pastored 6 churches (the last three were the First Baptist Churches of Columbus, MS; Charlotte, NC; and Kenner, LA). Followed by 5 years as Director of Missions for the 135 SBC churches of metro New Orleans, during which hurricane katrina devastated the city and destroyed many churches. Joe is married to Margaret, the father of three adults, and the proud grandfather of eight terrific young people. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (History, 1962), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters in Church History, 1967, and Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism, 1973). Joe's father was a coal miner who married a farmer's daughter. Carl and Lois McKeever, both of whom lived past 95 years of age, produced 6 children, with Joe and Ronnie being ministers. Joe grew up near Nauvoo, Alabama, and attended high school at Double Springs. Joe's life verse is Job 4:4, "Your words have stood men on their feet."
- 2016 May 18
O Lord. I feel so weak. So helpless. So unworthy. So guilty. So lazy and so unqualified. I feel fleshly, not spiritual, and burdened, not free.
If You were to mark iniquities, O Lord, surely I would be the first to fall.
Thank You for grace. Thank You for Thy infinite mercy.
Thank You that this is not about me.
It’s all about Thee. Thy riches, Thy supply, Thy will, and Thy honor.
I have no words to say how liberating that is.
Thank You, Father.
Not unto me, O Lord, but unto Thee be all honor and glory and blessing.
Not my will, O Lord, but Thy will be done.
Not my way, O Lord, but Thy way be mine.
Not my wisdom, O Lord, but Thy wisdom be mine in every decision.
Not my power, O Lord, but Thy power in everything I do.
Not my purposes, O Lord, but Thy purpose is all I want.
Not my strength, O Lord, but Thy strength is my sufficiency.
Not my joy, O Lord, but the joy of the Lord in all I do.
Not my provisions, O Lord, but thy supply for all I need.
Not my kingdom, O Lord, but Thy Kingdom come.
Not my name, O Lord, but Thy Name be magnified and honored.
Not my glory, O Lord, but all glory be to Thee forever.
Not my honor, O Lord, but all glory and honor and praise be unto Thee, both now and forever.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive Power and Riches and Wisdom, Strength and Honor and Glory and Blessings. (Revelation 5:12)
Thy name be hallowed, Thy will be done, Thy Kingdom come.
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Publication date: May 18, 2016
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