Love Well

Abba,

I bless you for your love,

and trust in the person and power of your Son Yeshua the Messiah.

Grant me the grace to remain united with him,

and him with me.

Help me to love well,

because love is from you,

and everyone who loves has you as their Father,

and knows you.

You are love,

and you showed your love among us all

by sending your only Son into the world,

so that through him we might have life.

Love is not that I loved you,

but that you loved me and sent your Son

to be the sacrifice for my sins.

This is how you loved us,

let me love others as you loved me,

remain united with us,

and let our love for you be brought to its goal in us.

Thank you for your Spirit

that has drawn me to you

and testified of your love and your Son

in my heart.

I’ve come to know and trust the love you have for me,

and I love now only because you loved me first.

Please Abba, continue to expose and cast out all fear,

as there’s no fear in your love.

Refine and purify this heart with your fire,

mature me in love,

and let me love you and those around me

as you have loved me and called me.

I bless you Abba.

Amen.

To Pray

Lord,

thank you for reaching my heart,

loosening my lips,

unlocking words

to talk with you,

to pray,

confide,

whisper,

wonder,

cry,

for confidence in your love,

for showing me my limits and lack

by your kindness, not to my shame,

so that I can ask, seek, and knock.

My reason has failed me,

your loving kindness has broken through,

time and again,

I bless you for faith,

softening, circumcising this heart of stone,

and I dare to believe now,

that you are so good,

you will answer.

I accept your terms,

I pray now your will, not my own,

trusting you know best,

with unclenched hands

ready to surrender all and receive

your best for my ultimate good,

even when I don’t understand.

Help me, teach continuously how to pray,

I love you Lord.

Amen.

Cast Your Cares

Lord,

King of the universe,

Maker of all bread,

you are sovereign,

you are in control,

your ways are higher than mine,

your thoughts and wisdom higher than my thoughts,

you are alive

in your glorious body

active, interceding, moving

on behalf of those you love.

Help me to be still and know that you are God,

that my heart may trust fully, wholly in you,

resting in your power, ability, and strength.

Please help me to cast all my anxieties,

cares upon you,

releasing my control again and again to you

knowing I surrender them to perfect, capable hands.

Thank you for your call to all

who are weary and heavy laden,

for you promise your rest.

Gentle and humble Lord,

let me taste and know your rest again,

heal and replenish me with revelation of yourself,

fill my heart and mind with faith and truth,

and use me, bless me to be a blessing.

I love you Lord,

I long for my life to bless your heart.

Amen.

My Everything

Lord,

You are the only Way, the Truth, and the Life,

the one way of salvation,

reigning over all the heavens and the earth,

the King of kings and the Lord of lords,

Captain over every situation,

in charge, in control,

you’ve never let me go.

Lord have my heart,

my hands are open,

take it all,

I surrender all to you,

be my everything.

In your Person, your presence, your life,

I’m saved, delivered in my trusting,

I see in my believing,

for you are all this broken heart ever needed.

I have no lack in you,

desperation has only drawn me closer to you.

Nothing can separate me from your love,

I praise you from a heart rich and full,

and I will sing my hallelujah to you today,

grateful for all you have done.

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.

Identity

Abba,

Thank you for making the way

to connect with you, my Creator.

I praise you that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made,

for your thought, care, and love

that went into my design,

my features, my color, the bumps, and the lines,

I cherish as your gift,

the knit of my soul, my preferences,

my heart, my mind,

I bless as a reflection of your image.

Show me who you’ve made me to be,

where my eyes have been veiled with lies

and clouded by criticism, judgement, and expectation,

speak to my heart

into the places of unseen, untapped potential,

release healing, worth, redemption

to spaces I’ve hidden away beyond even my knowing.

Let me know my function,

my gifts, my strength,

my inheritance of every spiritual blessing and gift from heaven —

living waters bringing new life, cleansing, renewal of my soul,

the power of the Spirit electrifying, invigorating, empowering me,

the force and brawn of an ox coursing through my fibers.

Bless me and use me in your kingdom Abba,

hold me close that I may know your heart for me and the world,

take away my walls and boxes,

for there are no limits in you,

and bring glory to your precious Name.

There is no one, no second to compare to you,

may all honor, power, dominion, blessing, glory be yours alone!

Amen.

A Witness

Abba,

I praise you that you look at the heart,

and not outward appearances.

I thank you for your gaze

that penetrates, sifts up, discerns…

and has love and compassion.

You so loved the world

that you gave your one and only Son

that whoever believes in Him will not perish

but have eternal life.

Grant me your heart and your eyes

to see a hurting world

through the walls, discord, anger, and sin,

the poor in spirit

that your Spirit hovers over,

and calls blessed.

Replenish me with your Spirit

to love from your wells of living water.

Grant me your passion and mercy

to embrace those in pain and suffering,

your strength to not turn away.

Use my hands, my heart, and my life

to be your blessing to whoever and wherever

you’d send me.

Let me witness

and find the kingdom of heaven

in lives touched

and hearts transformed,

by you.

Show me where you are moving Abba,

so that I may place my hand in yours,

and do what you do.

I love you.

Amen.

Walk With Me

Abba,

As I go through my day,

grant me dove’s eyes for you,

an awareness of your presence,

your voice,

your peace,

your heart.

As people cross my path,

bumping into my being,

as circumstances fill the space around me,

use it all to slough off dead soulish skin,

expose the places of my need,

the idols of my choice,

and pour out your lovingkindness, mercy, and compassion,

into my broken matrices,

that I may truly be healed, set free, and whole.

Let me sit and be in your love

in all my glorious mess,

let it be your love and grace that truly transforms and sustains me,

not my disciplines, mantras, and efforts.

Abba I invite you,

come into my day to day,

my step by step,

my breath to breath,

breathe into me,

and empower me to walk with you.

Let me be your companion

just like in the garden.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

Lord Of My Heart

Lord,

You are the Word,

the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Let my heart wrap around your Word,

remembering, heeding, meditating, obeying,

not letting them escape my sight,

treasuring them in the center of my heart.

Your living Word is life to my soul,

bringing vitality, strength, and healing to my body.

Root me and ground me in you,

in your love,

strengthen my inner man

that I may grasp the heights, depths, widths, and lengths of your love,

your perfect love that casts out all fear,

Help me to guard my heart,

stoke the flames of your love,

I pray your fire would burn brightly within,

unquenched by defilement from the world.

Keep me, protect me from temptation and sin,

and give me grace to be wholehearted, single minded for you.

Search me and know my heart,

test me and know my anxious thoughts,

see if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting.

I bless you Lord of my heart.

Amen.