Known

Lord,

Thank you that over the years

of melting my walls

and drawing me to you,

through knowing you,

you have shown me… me,

and I have to know her

a little bit better, a little bit more.

You’re kind, gentle, and gracious,

you won me in my stiff-necked rebellion,

you’re merciful to me in my willful independence,

you’ve held the line with discipline and safe boundaries,

other times giving me over to my choices

with painful lessons learned,

treasures still to be reaped in darkness.

You’re my good Father.

I’ve found more and more,

that you know best,

my Creator,

you know me best,

and I can yield to trust you,

though I’m still learning how.

You’ve taken a child of shame,

and brought me into your marvelous light,

and I pray to fellowship with you

walking in your grace,

enjoying you,

being simply me,

all the days of my life.

Amen.

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Draw Me Away

Lord,

Draw me away to rest in you,

kiss me with your Word,

revive me with your Spirit,

remind me again that your love is better than wine,

than anything this world has to offer…

for only you can satisfy.

Hide me under your wings,

for your nearness delights and comforts,

your presence is a fragrance

that soothes, restores, and calms.

Still my soul against your heartbeat,

your rhythm of love and melody of grace.

Let me rejoice and be glad in you,

remembering and praising your sweet love,

enjoying you, resting assured

that this is right where I belong.

I love you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

Level Paths

Lord,

I praise you that you thoroughly know me,

and still love me with an everlasting love.

You know my day before me,

my comings and my goings,

the challenges and obstacles ahead.

Lord please go before me,

give me your advantage,

Spirit level my path before me,

smooth out my way

with your peace, comfort, and grace.

Enclose me under your hand,

hem me in behind and before,

command your angels regarding me,

to protect and defend me

that my feet may not stumble

as I walk in your ways.

Give me a pure heart,

wholehearted and single-minded for you,

that I would have a servant’s heart,

working with a spirit of excellence,

and thanksgiving to you.

Let me throw off every yoke that’s not of you,

from the world, society, others, even myself,

so that I may take on only your yoke that is easy,

your burden which is light,

and learn to follow only you,

gentle Lord, humble in heart.

Thank you for being my Messiah and Lord,

I bless you and praise you for my good inheritance.

Amen.

This Is Love

Abba,

thank you for sending your Son,

giving Him up

to die for me.

This is love,

your suffering,

His atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.

You have given me salvation, freedom, and hope.

Let me walk through my day

ever remembering your love’s cost,

knowing you’re intimate with my suffering,

and that your love,

how high, long, wide, and deep it is

to enjoy and delight in,

that overwhelms, comforts, and transforms me.

Abba, you know me,

you understand me,

I am your beloved,

and it is well with my soul.

Thank you Abba.

Amen.

With Me

Lord,

You are so good,

your ways are perfect.

You uphold me by your hand,

you keep me in your shalom.

You make the paths straight before me,

your lovingkindness catches up to me,

you never let me go.

You hem in behind and before,

you walk beside me as Lord, Shepherd, and Friend.

Perfect Love,

you watch over me,

and dwell within me.

Lord, in you I have no lack,

and I will praise you!

Amen.

Waiting On Dreams

Lord,

Let my worship be in spirit and in truth,

loving you wholeheartedly, single-mindedly.

Help me to surrender my desires, dreams, longings

where they are safest,

into your hands,

allowing you to give and take away

as you please,

trusting in your perfect timing,

your perfect love knows what’s best.

In the waiting,

strengthen my spirit, my inner man.

Root and ground me

in the heights, widths, lengths, depths of your love.

cherishing you, your presence

above anything else,

knowing you are already my great reward

and that everything else

is a blessing from the overflow of your heart.

Let me taste and know that you are good

in the land of the living,

so that my heart and soul will sing praise to you

all the days of my life.

I bless 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.

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.

Abba’s Gladness

Abba,

you pursue,

you love,

you draw me,

you made an everlasting covenant

through giving your Son,

you never turn away,

your heart always remains open,

you are always doing good,

and you rejoice, delight, are glad

in doing me good.

You are faithful,

to bring me into your promises,

devoted, whole hearted,

working with all your might,

a good Father,

arms open for every prodigal.

Thank you for never letting me go.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

Provider

Abba,

I praise you who hold the universe in your hands,

creator of all the heavens, galaxies, planets, and the stars,

sustaining the earth with your breath,

the sun’s rays and rain,

down to the sparrow to whom you provide seed.

Forgive me for doubting your love,

your ability to provide,

you are the Master

that owns all the cattle on the hill,

and you love me,

your child, made in your image,

you call me your own.

I ask Abba

provide for all my needs,

so that I will never lack and be tempted to steal,

or have so much and be tempted to forget you,

that I may not be dependent on the generosity of others,

but have enough for myself

and be resourced and ready to be a blessing to others.

Equip me on every level, every way,

give me a fresh infusion of your Spirit,

so that I may faithfully fulfill your purposes for my life.

Giver of life, abounding grace, and all good gifts,

I praise you,

entrusting my life in your hands.

I am yours, and you are mine,

I give myself, my all right back to you.

I love you.

Amen.