God’s Face

God,

I praise you for your Son,

Lamb of God,

who came to take away the sins of the world.

I thank you for cleansing me of all my sins,

and for tabernacling within me,

making the way to see your beautiful face.

In faith I receive your Son,

I believe all that He has done,

dying for my sins,

taking my punishment upon His frame,

resurrecting into overcoming life,

giving life abundant and eternal,

and I bless you for your mercy,

your lovingkindness and goodness.

I eat of the Bread,

thank you that you desire relationship with me,

drawing me to your table,

enjoying sweet fellowship,

intimacy with you.

As I set my heart, my mind, my way upon you,

looking upon the kindness, tenderness, and compassion

of your holy Face,

let your face shine upon me,

be gracious to me,

let the light of your countenance be upon me,

and grant me your peace.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Let Me…

Lord,

Let me…

be wise,

and trust your Spirit,

your Word,

leading and guiding me into all truth⁠—

peaceable, full of light,

gentle, sincere,

considerate, and merciful.

Let me…

trust your heart

for you are good,

generous, and kind.

You are tender and caring,

knowing every hair on my head,

your thoughts outnumbering

all the grains of sand on the seashore.

Let me…

be at rest,

knowing my life is in your hands

working all things for my good,

for you glory.

Let me never stop praising you… always!

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Love of God

LORD,

pour your grace upon me

to love you more.

Spirit, put the love you have for my Lord,

Lord, the love you have for the Father,

Father, the love you have for your Son,

within my heart.

Reveal to me,

grant me favor to understand,

this perfect fellowship of love,

gazing upon the beauty,

holiness, and light of your presence.

I praise you for the glimpses I see,

the tastes of eternity you gift,

in loved ones, close friends,

gathered around a meal,

the fellowship of sister and brothers

in your Spirit, worshipping and loving you.

I pray for more,

that your love would abound still more and more,

and the world see you

through the love we have for one another.

Let it be so,

let your Name be praised.

Amen.

Following Him

Lord,

Thank you for your grace,

for eyes to see,

your presence going before me,

following in your footsteps,

leading me on a journey

that I know

leads only straight into your heart,

though the rest is still a mystery.

I let go of my crutches —

my expectations, assumptions,

my carefully laid plans and controls,

and embrace hope in faith,

trusting you in this adventure.

You’ve called me out of my old life

into a relationship with you,

and I can’t wait to run with my Beloved,

forgetting what is behind,

pressing on towards what lies ahead,

my heavenly reward

in You.

Amen.

He Knows Me

Lord,

thank you that you know me,

better than I know myself,

you see me,

you sift my heart,

my anxieties and worries

you bring up like chaff.

Thank you for your Spirit

that blows it all away,

bringing in your presence,

restoring your peace in my soul.

I praise you for your loving care,

your thoughts towards me

outnumbering all the grains of sand

on the the seashore.

Thank you for your tender kindness,

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Close

Lord,

Draw me close,

keep me near,

give me a soft heart,

a listening ear,

so that I may hear your call,

know your voice,

and walk in your ways.

Silence all distractions,

quiet my mind,

still my soul,

that I may sense your presence

once more.

Your Spirit blows where it pleases,

let me move only with you,

please don’t let me go.

Amen.

In Your Presence

Father,

let me never leave this place

of being loved, cherished by you,

seen to the core of my heart,

accepted unconditionally,

attended to,

cared for,

with tender mercies

and pure grace.

Thank you for bringing me here

through sin, brokenness, and loss.

I never could have come alone,

I never would have known,

that such a love existed,

if you hadn’t drawn me,

put the cry in my heart,

and gathered me to you.

Protect me,

don’t let me be deceived and distracted,

by other lovers and shiny things.

Put your love in my heart

that I may adore you all of my days,

this was what I was made for,

and life feels right,

makes sense here…

in your presence.

I love you God.

Amen.

My Abba

Abba Father,

I love your presence,

I love you and your loving kindness.

Thank you for your discipline,

I know it’s because you love me,

help me to embrace it

even when it stings and hurts

and my flesh balks at obeying.

Help me to be wise,

listen and obey—

I know it’s the way of life.

I’m most myself with you,

no pretenses,

no self deception,

no more striving.

I can’t believe you’d care so much for my heart,

my joy, my peace,

that you wouldn’t let me settle

for all the lesser things I’d desired.

I’m grateful for closed doors,

all the frustrations and pain.

It’s led me to discovering you—

and slowly finding me.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

Loving Father

Father,

you are such a good, good dad.

Thank you for your love,

for creating me,

making me in your image,

unique,

fearfully and wonderfully made.

I’m amazed at your delight,

that my joy and peace would make you happy.

My heart at rest,

not striving anymore,

just being me,

and loving you

with the gifts you’ve given me,

what brings me life and joy…

that you’d delight in that…

thank you.

You’re such a good, good Father.

Let me delight in you,

in the same way,

knowing your heart, personality, character rightly,

loving what you love,

hating what you hate,

just being close,

and enjoying your presence.

Thank you for saving me,

drawing me to your Son

and opening my heart.

I could never have come on my own,

but only by your grace and mercy,

thank you forever.

I love you Father.

Amen.

Surrender All

Lord,

Show me, teach me, help me

to surrender all to you.

I say yes in my spirit,

but don’t know how.

Please illuminate my heart,

reveal to my soul, my mind,

how I may let go.

My past, I give to you —

repenting of my sin, shame, and guilt,

receiving your forgiveness,

watching you go back in my past,

deleting all the files —

those moments, like I had never even sinned.

My future, I give to you —

so many expectations

of what I thought I needed to do,

and where I needed to be,

what I needed to look like,

absorbed from tradition, family,

culture, religion, and worldly systems

into my needy heart seeking approval,

that has only atrophied the soul you knit in me.

Yet your Spirit within has proved greater.

I surrender to your voice,

the pressures and flows of your Spirit,

buoying me into your paths,

safe within your love,

far outside my comfort,

fully alive and my soul rising and set free,

trusting you in the unknown,

casting my fears, anxieties, and worries upon you.

I surrender all my desires,

giving voice to each one,

entrusting them into your hand,

into your care,

because you know best.

I desire only your best for me,

so help me to surrender all

to receive from my Lord

and give praise to your Name.

Amen.