He Raises Up

Lord,

I praise you for your perfect love, absolute goodness,

and beautiful justice.

I thank you for your promises

to pour out living waters upon those who are thirsty,

making streams in dry ground,

pouring out your Spirit on all your people,

and blessing the generations.

I praise you that those made righteous in you

will spring up like new plants,

sprouts thriving by clear waters.

We are yours Lord,

thank you for sealing us with the Spirit,

your Name is ever on our minds,

written on our hands.

You are the First and the Last,

there is no God besides,

none to compare, no second to you.

I won’t be afraid or anxious for the storms to come,

for you have long proclaimed and declared it.

Thank you that I may be your witness

now and forevermore,

worshipping you my Rock and my Redeemer.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

To Be Bold

Lord,

Hold onto me in my fragility,

I cling to you as my shield,

a strong tower, a refuge, and oasis

in the midst of chaos and turmoil surrounding me.

Help me to stay my mind upon you,

wash my anxiety, my riled spirit

with your living waters

for you are my Sar Shalom.

I remember your salvation,

your love,

your comfort,

your deliverance,

from all my past, the lies and memories that haunted me,

the care and comfort you provided in my weakness,

your strong hand

taking me from darkness into your marvelous light.

Thank you for your promise

that you are always with me,

I’m never alone,

your gift of your spirit of power, love, and a sound mind,

I have all I need in you.

So I will be bold and courageous

because you go with me,

I will not shrink back,

and even when I am crushed,

let the fragrance of your presence arise,

petals before a storm,

so that you receive your glory in this,

no matter what is to come.

All honor, dominion, power, and glory belong to you.

I love you Lord.

Amen.

His Own

Abba,

you are holy and perfect,

your Word is ever true,

and I cherish your words

over my heart, my mind, my life.

Thank you for your songs of joy,

your delight, singing and rejoicing;

your love for me,

your hope and strength.

The lies and flaming arrows of the enemy

disintegrate in your presence,

you call me beautiful.

Grant me faith

to wrap my heart around your words that bring life,

telling me I have no lack in you,

but all that I need to grow and give.

Let me arise fully as your child,

blooming where you call,

and help me not to hide anymore,

but to shine your light.

I bless you Abba,

thank you for calling me your own.

Amen.

Yours In Rest

Lord of Shabbat,

Teach me your rest,

let me learn from you

who are gentle and humble in heart.

Call me

and let me recognize your voice once more,

to know that I’m your own,

I’m yours,

resting in your presence,

green pastures,

quiet waters,

right paths

that you lead me on,

knowing all is well with my soul

because my Good Shepherd knows,

my Prince of Peace has me.

I lay it all down this Shabbat,

my burdens, my cares I cast upon you,

and as darkness always brings the morning light,

I rest,

knowing your presence is my hope and restoration.

I trust you Lord.

Amen.

Bold And Courageous

Lord,

Strengthen and empower me with your Spirit,

to obey and walk in your righteousness,

make me bold as a lion,

tearing down every thought, pretension, and argument

setting itself against the knowledge of you;

as gentle as a dove,

speaking truth in love,

being salty and compassionate,

shining your light, unapologetic.

You’re worthy Lord

of all my praise, my life, my heart.

Thank you for all you’ve done,

coming to die for all my sins,

raising yourself up,

resurrecting my life with yours.

Refresh me with hope for all that is to come,

to see me in and through the storms ahead,

root and ground me by faith in your love,

unshaken in any season,

and let the joy of my salvation

be my courage, my strength

to give and share

with those who would need it in this dark world.

I praise you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

Walk By Faith

Lord,

Grant me grace

to know you walk with me today,

closer to me than my heartbeat,

infinite and awesome,

glorious in the heavens.

I cannot go without your presence,

so infuse me with a fresh infilling of your Spirit,

supernatural love and grace,

to step into full obedience

cleansed of guile and self deception,

wholly surrendered with a ready yes in my heart

to your Voice,

saying no to the demands of my flesh

to hide, conserve, hoard, and defend,

but to open my heart as you did

speaking mercy and truth.

Lord open my eyes to see,

my ears to hear,

open and humble my heart

to truly see,

peering into the spirit,

that I may walk by faith not by sight,

according to your rhythms, ebbs, and flows,

your voice, call, and will.

Not my will but yours be done.

Use me, use my life Lord,

let me be your salt and light in this world.

Amen.

A Beautiful Yoke

Lord,

I praise you for leaving your throne,

the heavens that are your home

dwelling in beloved unity with the Father and Spirit,

to come down and save the world.

Thank you for your heart,

open, exposed, vulnerable,

loving as only the Son of God,

Son of Man can love

in mercy, truth, grace, and power,

holy, right, and true,

never looking away or holding back.

You are the Messiah,

promised through the Jewish people

to be the Savior of the whole world.

I praise you that you made the way,

reached down for me,

washed me clean by your blood

to be able to approach you

and come near to you.

Thank you that you are approachable,

gentle and humble in heart,

and your yoke is easy and burden light.

I praise you for breaking

the heavy, oppressive yoke of the world upon my back,

filling me with dread and anxiety,

draining life.

Let it be so Lord,

that your joy would forever be my strength,

that my food would be to do your will,

and that I would discern and delight

to do the work you’ve prepared in advance for me to do.

and accomplish your work,

to shine your light,

to be a conduit of your blessing.

I praise you for life abundant in you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

One And Only God

Lord,

Maker of heaven and earth,

Creator of all the universe,

Master Conductor of spinning galaxies, planets, solar systems,

Producer of all energy, effortlessly firing the sun, moon, and stars,

With all creation I praise your power, glory, and majesty.

Intelligent Designer,

you established the boundaries of waters,

sea and sky,

made the sparrow and leviathan,

all life on this planet

flora, fauna, earth,

all depend on your hand,

sustained by you,

Artist, Musician

making all things beautiful

canvasing the world in colors, textures,

elegant shapes and designs,

Giver and Source of Life,

you stand utterly alone,

high, holy, and other.

Yet you made man in your image,

thoughts, feelings, choice, word, relationship,

you are the Greatest Personality,

an endless rainbow of emotions,

thoughts that far surpass all the sands on the seashore,

intimate, gracious God that knows all the hearts of man,

honoring choice even to death.

Who are you Lord…

instill in me a heart, wonder, and curiosity to seek you more,

delight and joy in finding you

one revelation at a time

as much and more than I can handle.

Be pleased Lord,

to reveal yourself

to the hearts of those you are drawing to you

through the glory of your creation

and the goodness of your presence all around.

I praise you Lord.

Amen.