Give me courage to speak
Truth prompted by your Spirit,
shedding off people pleasing,
compromising my soul to be liked,
bowing to the world,
and calling it love,
when I’ve only avoided my own cowardice and discomfort.
Please forgive me for shrinking back,
longing more for the praise of man,
their approval and acceptance,
when it lasts for only a moment,
and that is my only paltry reward.
Forgive me when I’ve spoken in a religious spirit
in the name of boldness,
justifying my harsh pride and self righteousness.
I throw myself at your mercy,
please don’t let me be deceived,
overwhelmed, complacent, legalistic,
taking the easy way out because I can…
all the way to hell.
You have conquered sin and death,
given me eternal life,
let me live like I believe it.
Help me to love what you love,
hate what you hate,
and to be loyal, devoted to you,
as you have given all of yourself to me,
and do so again and again.
Let this life be surrendered,
laid down, all for your glory Lord.
I bless you.