Dangerous Prayer for Broken Clay Pots

In 1926 at First Presbyterian Church Orlando Florida at a George Stephens evangelism event, Daniel Iverson penned the song, “Spirit of the Living God, Fall Afresh on Me.” Iverson was a Presbyterian minister/evangelist who was serving in Lumberton NC. George Stephens was also a Presbyterian. The song was sung for 45 minutes and 400 people came down for the Gospel invitation. The original words to Iverson’s hymn were:

Spirit of the living God
Fall afresh on me (x2)
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me
Spirit of the living God
Fall afresh on me

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Did you notice the difference? “BREAK ME,” begins the stanza. I’m not sure when the words were changed, but I do know it is difficult, raw, revealing, and dangerous to sing/pray “Break Me.” Think about the imagery of a potter and clay. We are not fresh lumps of clay ready to be placed on the Father’s pottery wheel. If we are honest we are broken vessels with all sorts of imperfections, irregularities, and cracks unable to be used for anything. And if we are honest we love our imperfections. We love the way we are and would prefer God use us with our favorite cracks, pet imperfections, and worldly irregularities.
Asking God to “BREAK” us would mean re-creation, surrender, and loss. Sounds painful and uncomfortable. Sounds Dangerous! Dangerous for us to pray that God would break us to the point we would let go of our favorite imperfections and our worldliness. Dangerous to ask God to break us to the point we would surrender our desires. Dangerous to ask God to break us to the point we would lose ourselves to be re-created like Christ.
Are we ready to pray like that? Are we ready to pray dangerously? The Potter doesn’t want to cover our cracks and hide our imperfections. The Potter, the Father, wants to re-create us to be like Christ and that means breaking, melting, and molding. None of that is comfortable, convenient, or easy, but all of it is imperative if we want to be like Christ. Are we ready to pray like that? Am I ready to pray like that? Are you ready to pray like that?

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