Make me now Thy chosen chalice,
Giving drink that makes men whole.

How do you approach big weekends in the church? Much time and planning is given towards the external work and preparation…but how do you prepare your heart for an important service or a meaningful event? I have found the most important preparatory work I do is a work of alignment.

While doing the work of God it is possible for your heart and mind to slide out of alignment. It is essential that in busy seasons you tend to your heart and ensure you are fighting to stay aligned with Him.

There is an excerpt from a poem that I once heard which has become for me a prayer of alignment. Every time we (the Church) prepare for something big such as Easter or Christmas, I mentally recite this prayer again and again. As you prepare to serve this weekend, consider making this your prayer of alignment.

Make me now Thy chosen chalice,
Giving drink that makes men whole.

We are invited to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who is the embodiment of this prayer. Jesus was the ultimate chose chalice. He was the cup, the chosen container by which God would deliver salvation. It is by the work of Jesus that we are made whole. We are invited to live in alignment with Jesus and follow Him – to take on the very nature of a servant so that others might experience a full life.

Today you are preparing for something. God has placed you in this spot in life for a reason – without accident. He has you wherever you are to make a difference for Him. So wherever you are today, I encourage you to offer up this simple prayer:

Make me now Thy chosen chalice,
Giving drink that makes men whole.

*This excerpt is from the poem Seeking Thee by Leonard Ravenhill.