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.

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.

Rest And Obedience

Lord,

thank you for your rest,

always you call me into a relationship with you,

your commands intentional

to build my trust and faith in you.

Help me Lord,

deliver me from the hamster wheels I create for myself,

that others, the world create for me.

Take me out and deliver me.

Let me find my rest in the warmth of your hand,

holding me, caring for me back to health,

carrying me to the green pastures and quiet waters I’d missed with you.

Let me learn from you who are gentle and humble in heart,

whose yoke is easy and burden is light.

What is your heart Lord?

What do you desire to do through my life?

Forgive me Lord for my striving.

I lay down my will and my plans for yours,

I want to be used by you,

and to shine for your glory alone.

But let me first find rest in you

and do it all, hand-in-hand,

walking side-by-side,

in intimate, sweet relationship with you.

Let it be no other way,

I love you Lord, have your way in me.

Amen.

Tabernacle With Us

Lord,

I thank you for coming in fragile human flesh,

living among us,

knowing us intimately, painfully, and unreservedly.

Thank you for never turning away,

but pressing into death on the cross,

embracing all our brokenness,

taking all our sin, accusations, and shame,

and dying, burying it all in the grave.

You took yourself up into life,

which only you the Son of God, Son of Man can do,

and you made a way

for us to find home in you.

I praise you for being the tabernacle of life

that sustains, makes me whole,

bringing comfort, love, joy, peace, and rest.

I bless your Name for the promise

that you are coming again, soon,

and you’re making all things right

in accordance with your Word and decree,

waiting patiently for all

you’ve called into your household.

Thank you for your Spirit,

your presence with me

as we sojourn through this life,

and the hope of home with you

forever afterwards.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Lose My Life For Gain

Lord,

Thank you for coming down from heaven to earth

to the world you made,

the people you created,

misunderstood, isolated, abused, and suffering at our hands,

shedding your blood

and giving up your life

to be our perfect sacrifice

to do away with the power of sin and death forever and ever,

setting me free to believe and live.

Thank you for making the way,

the path clear to enter heaven

to the Father’s heart

where I belong and find rest for my soul.

Grant me the grace to lose myself,

lose my life, lose my all for your sake,

that I may find life,

to lay down my flesh, my chaotic emotions, my unwieldy passions

to follow you and serve you.

I am yours and my life is not my own,

it is yours, all yours,

let me decrease that you may increase,

and would your Spirit arise within me

filling me with power, love, and a sound mind.

Lord, it’s not about me anymore,

would you show me your heart and thoughts,

your will, purposes, and your ways?

Grant me your vision,

boldness, faith, courage,

determination, diligence, and persistence,

strength and power by the Spirit

to do the works you’ve called me to do.

Thank you for your ever present help, support, and fellowship,

I am not alone.

Let your eyes run to and fro through the earth,

and please let me be found worthy to be used by you.

I bless you Lord,

you alone are God and worthy of all my praise.

Amen.

Spirit Of Life

Lord,

I praise you for your salvation, healing, and deliverance.

You are my Lord and Savior,

your Spirit of life has set me free —

I’m free from all condemnation, judgement, guilt, and shame.

What I couldn’t do in my skin,

with rules, regulations, prescriptions, and protocols,

dead in my spirit and efforts without you,

you did.

I thank you and praise you for becoming my sin,

and the blood sacrifice for my sin offering forever.

I praise you for subduing, condemning all sin in my flesh,

you have overcome the world,

and put in me fresh strength to live by your Spirit,

guided by your power.

You have granted me access to live by your Spirit,

to set my heart and mind upon your will and purpose.

I praise you for the promise of life and peace,

my wholeness and well-being

as my mind is stayed upon you,

and you teach me to walk with you.

I can’t believe your Spirit dwells within me

to guide and direct me,

making me your precious child.

I’m alive eternally because of your righteousness,

your holiness that dwells within me,

all given as a gift out of your wonderous grace to me.

Just as your Spirit raised you from the dead to life,

you revive me, give me new life, and raise up my mortal body by your Spirit.

Lord, by the power of your Spirit,

grant me strength, enable me

to continually put to death all of my thoughts and behavior

outside of your perfect will that brings blessing, protection, and life.

Lead me that I may be blessed,

and called a daughter of God.

I bless your Name.

Amen.

My Lord

My Lord,

I surrender to your waves of mercy,

sinking deep, allowing your love to penetrate every cell of my body.

I can’t believe you would take me back,

after my failures, my sin, my betrayal of you,

the nails I put in your hands and feet,

the way I mocked and scorned you,

how hard and cold my heart was to your suffering.

I don’t understand how you receive me back again and again,

this prodigal,

with wide open arms,

putting your ring on my finger,

your robe on my back,

telling me I am yours,

that you chose me and want me,

and I belong to you.

I can’t understand your love in my intellect,

yet you pursue me, you haven’t let me go.

You are kind, gentle, and good,

holy, pure, with no guile,

strong, tender, compassionate,

humble, gracious, and patient.

You keep no record of my wrongs,

your heart is always soft towards me,

open, merciful, you never hold back.

I bless you Lord

there’s none that loves like you,

you alone are God,

perfect in love,

beautiful, glorious,

take this small, broken heart,

make it wholly yours,

I give myself to you.

Amen.

The Happy Righteous

Lord,

I praise you and bless you for all that you have done for me.

Thank you for coming to die for all of my sins,

forgiving me, past, present, and future,

covering and cleansing me with your blood,

washing away all my filth.

Thank you for your Spirit that dwells within,

clean and pure, with no guile.

When I was silent about my sin,

ashamed, stuffing it all down and away,

my health deteriorated,

and I groaned all day.

Your hand of discipline and displeasure was heavy upon me,

I was always exhausted with no energy to make it through the day.

Thank you for your patience, your grace that drew me.

When I acknowledged my sin to you,

came clean and poured out my heart at your feet,

you forgave everything,

lifting all my guilt and shame.

Lord, I hide myself in you for you are my refuge,

I’m surrounded by your strength, your song, and power.

I praise you for your wise counsel and guidance,

showing me the paths of life and righteousness.

Lord I am willing to learn, let your eye be upon me!

I’ve known the sorrows of being separate from you,

and I trust, lean in, depend on you now,

I praise you for your loving kindness,

your presence surrounding me,

for your love is better than life.

My heart is glad and I rejoice in you O Lord,

may I always be in alignment, be right with you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Healing In Relationships

Abba,

I thank you that I may approach your throne room of grace,

and that you hear my cries and petitions.

I bless you for your heart for healing and wholeness in relationships,

and I praise you for your precious fellowship,

Father, Son, and Spirit,

three in one, one in three

dwelling in perfect, beautiful unity.

Abba have mercy on my brothers,

restore the sweet intimacy of their brotherhood from youth.

Melt down the walls that have been built up through the years,

cleanse and heal wounds and trauma that were beyond their control.

Soften hearts from unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger,

and remove the distorted filters given by the enemy.

Please save, heal, and deliver them Lord,

out from the spirit of division, oppression, isolation,

pride, deception, unforgiveness, suspicion, and betrayal.

Release repentance upon their hearts,

a spirit of conviction of sins,

and turn their faces to you,

draw them to yourself,

let them see your Son

and receive His sacrifice, forgiveness, and life.

Let them dwell in unity

by the grace of your Spirit,

in one heart, one mind, one spirit,

under the lordship of your Son,

restored, healed, whole, complete.

Place your hedge of protection around them,

release your angels concerning them,

fight the battle that has raged against their brotherhood.

Abba, you always win,

please destroy the enemy and bring your victory here.

Bless these brothers to receive your full compensation

for all the years the locusts have eaten,

and revive this relationship

with your precious mercies, grace, and life.

Thank you Abba.

Amen.

Precious Redeemer

Lord,

I worship you who met me in my brokenness,

your precious Spirit bringing warmth to my heart,

showing me that you are God and you are real.

You heal my wounds,

you set me free

from all judgment, condemnation, shame, and guilt.

You’ve turned the tables

and now take vengeance against my enemies,

you wrap your wings of comfort around me

in my grief and pain.

You take my clothes of mourning,

and bestow on me a garment of praise,

you anoint my head with oil,

and my heart is glad and sings,

filled to overflowing

my cup overflows.

Because of you

my head is lifted up,

made radiant in your gaze,

and I am strong, an oak of righteousness

filled with power, love, and wisdom,

established by you for your glory.

You are my Savior, Deliverer, Redeemer,

there is none like you in all the earth,

and I will praise your Name always!

Amen.