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.

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.

Know You More

Lord,

I turn my heart to you,

longing to know you as my friend, my brother.

Wash me thoroughly once again Lord,

cleanse me of my religion,

my disciplines, my practices,

the tools that I turn to

thinking I’ll be ok.

I desire to know you,

your heart, your thoughts, your ways,

your wisdom, your love, your passion, your devotion.

Open my eyes to look back on your kindness and faithfulness,

your merciful interventions into my life,

your always pursuit that carried me through

the valleys and the mountains.

Help me to remember your grace like air,

sustaining,

surrounding,

carrying me.

I lift my voice to thank you

that you’ve never let me go,

to praise you

for making me yours

bringing me into your kingdom of light,

my Lord who is

unchanging, holy, pure love, righteous, gentle, and true

yesterday, today, and forevermore.

Amen.