Faith And Courage

Lord,

thank you that you are with me

as I apply faith to my feet,

stepping into the unknown.

You are my Good Shepherd

who leads, guides, and counsels,

your Spirit already has gone forth

to prepare the way,

you are the Aleph and the Tav

knowing all beginnings and the end.

So I capture the arrows of fear, anxiety, and unbelief

casting them upon you,

and stand upon your Word and Rhema,

you’ve called and I will follow.

You’ve saved me from sin and death,

molding me into a new creation

and set apart to fulfill your purposes,

with you,

glorifying your Name.

You keep my foot from stumbling,

you will not let me put to shame,

you open doors no man can shut,

you shut doors no man can open.

You have plans to prosper me,

not to harm me,

plans to give me a hope and a future.

I will trust in your goodness,

stepping out to answer your call,

intent on obedience,

entrusting the rest to you.

Grant me boldness, courage, and faith

knowing you are with me,

you desire success for me,

and I have no lack in you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Reflections

Lord,

as I look back,

memories surfacing,

thoughts, feelings,

people, places,

ghosts and wisps of the past,

reflecting my face,

who I was,

regrets, questions,

passing joys,

disappointments, pain,

gratitude,

faith, hope,

making me who I am today,

I ask you Spirit,

to illuminate my heart,

reflect on this past year,

and show me what you see.

Hold my hand,

and take me on a journey,

to see your silver thread,

weaving in and out throughout my memories,

so that I won’t miss you,

or miss what you are doing,

where you are leading.

Weave your vision in my heart,

along with faith, hope,

courage and love,

guide me into my tomorrow,

and let my footsteps fall

in step with your melody and rhythm,

so that when another year passes,

I’ll look in my reflection,

and see more of you,

and less of me.

Amen.

In His Hand

Abba,

thank you that you are for me,

you are with me,

you arise on my defense,

you are my avenger.

Let me stand firm in your love,

in faith in what your Son has done,

covering and cleansing me,

making me right before you.

I cast myself into your care.

I ask for your hedge of protection,

your fire wall to surround me,

your hand to cover me,

your talit to hide me.

Rebuke the enemy,

its cloud of accusations,

let the truth of the cross,

the blood of Yeshua

overcome every arrow

and speak a better word.

Release your angelic protection,

that my feet may not stumble,

and I would not shrink back from your call to follow you.

In your Son, I’m beloved,

and have everything I need to do your will.

Help me to walk firmly, unhesitating

in the paths you lead me on,

knowing you provide, you enable,

you empower, you give without reserve

all that I need,

your love and support overabounding,

your grace sufficient,

let me be faithful to you,

that I would fulfill your purpose

in my generation,

not by my strength,

but leaning in, depending on you,

and may you receive all the glory!

May heaven resound with my testimonies

of you on this side and into all eternity.

I praise you!

Amen.

Father’s Heart

Abba,

thank you for your words of life,

your strength, comfort, and encouragement.

Thank you for you still, small,

ever present voice,

deep as the ocean swells,

buoying my heart up

in the midst of the storms

and rain of accusations.

I still my heart to hear you,

to wrap my heart around your words alone.

Thank you that in Messiah,

I am enough,

I have everything I need in you,

and that your father’s heart

is proud of your daughter

where I can only see failure and regret.

You only ever beckon me forward,

to press in to your promises,

leaning into your love,

your leading and grace,

through the dark resistant clouds,

your love,

your presence with me

always makes a way.

You are my eternal Father,

let me only believe more

in the riches of your love, mercy, and grace.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

Ready

Lord,

Your Spirit comes like the wind,

blowing wherever you please,

you are God,

answering to none,

you fulfill your purposes

in your way, your time.

I ask you Lord…

for a heart that’s open, unoffended,

ready with a yes

to the doors you open

and the opportunities

you place in my path.

I ask for a spirit surrendered

of all my plans,

yielded to you,

that being obedient

would win over comfort,

over security.

Help me to prepare my heart

and my will in the waiting,

that when you call,

I will be ready,

no hesitation, no walls,

only a yes to you.

I trust you Lord,

let me be ready.

Amen.

Walk With God

Lord,

let me be face to face with you

throughout the day,

sharing my thoughts,

baring my heart,

not holding back

coming honestly,

vulnerable and open

before you.

I need you Lord…

so easy for me to say,

yet difficult to bend my knee and do,

humbling for my pride and independence.

Where I’m on autopilot,

depending on my own strength

please gently remind me of your presence,

that you’re with me,

willing and ready to teach me, train me,

show me, guide me, help me once again,

in better, wiser ways than my own.

Let my heart be open to your instruction,

wrapping around your wisdom and counsel,

inviting your strength and power

leaning on you,

so that I walk in your ways,

and am blessed.

Show me how to talk with you,

partner with you,

do life with you,

and let the distractions melt away,

so that I have dove’s eyes before you.

You and me Lord,

please help me to run this race,

and finish well,

and receive your full inheritance in me.

You are splendid, beautiful, and true,

let my life faithfully reflect your worthiness.

Amen.

Secure In God

Lord,

thank you,

you get me,

you know me better than I know myself,

through my images,

visages and projections,

covering up,

diverting away from my sin and grime,

you peel it off,

layer by layer,

a gentle scrub,

a piercing cut,

a healing balm

revealing blood-infused life,

new wineskin,

your spirit resurrecting

the dead within.

You’ve got me,

walking, fumbling

in my new identity,

unsure, uncertain,

but following your voice,

messing up,

getting stuck,

dangling in transition,

but…

your Spirit a powerhouse within,

overcoming, rerouting all my failures,

using all my compost for life abundant,

growing and guiding me,

to live free and strong

from the inside out,

your hand upon me,

you’ll never let me go.

I rest secure in you.

Thank you Lord.

Amen.

Pursuing God

Lord,

Be my vision,

your Word, a lamp unto my feet,

your Spirit, a sweet, sure guide —

a cloud before me by day,

a pillar of fire by night.

Please guide my steps,

make my path clear,

so my feet will not stumble,

and I do not lose my way.

Grant me wisdom,

place me with

wise counselors who’ve traversed your ancient paths.

Give me discernment and insight,

patience in your timing,

that I may not run ahead,

or lag behind,

but walk with you,

knowing you,

confident in intimacy,

running the race you’ve

uniquely called me to.

Show me when to move

and when to rest,

and let me do both wholly and fully,

growing in my understanding

of my knit and function.

I praise you for your call to follow you.

Help me to cast off all that hinders,

the sin that so easily entangles,

and pursue you,

my reward, my treasure,

my portion and my inheritance,

source of my life.

Amen.

God’s Purpose In Me

Lord,

thank you for your hand upon my life,

not letting me go,

thank you for your “no’s,”

your protection from my own desires

that would have let to heartache and misery.

Thank you for your power at work,

drying up my small, unfitting ambitions,

establishing my identity,

instilling your purpose for my function,

my knit… how you made me.

Thank you that despite all my failures,

my meanderings, my weaknesses,

you use all things for my good, for your glory.

Thank you that you desire success for me,

and that ultimately,

my life rests in your loving hands.

Have your way in me,

help me, use me for your glory Lord,

and let me be your success,

being true to you, to myself,

and shining your light.

Amen.