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.

Walk With The Lord

Lord,

thank you for extending your hand

to walk with you,

your presence inviting,

comfortable and gracious,

your heart humble and gentle,

always welcoming and open.

My soul is at ease

in your unconditional acceptance,

your patient, listening ear,

reminding me your voice doesn’t condemn,

shame or demean,

finding rest in your Words,

comfort in your silence,

your counsel and wisdom

light, peaceful… unexpected.

Your love catches me off guard,

you give mercy and kindness

when I think I’ve run out,

and I’m amazed

that you’re endless,

eternal,

you are God,

meek and powerful,

a mystery to me.

Help me to walk with you,

always be fascinated by you,

be in wonder and awe of you,

love, obey, and delight you

that your heart would be happy,

and my heart full and content,

never needing to look any further

to know my joy is complete.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Level Paths

Lord,

I praise you that you thoroughly know me,

and still love me with an everlasting love.

You know my day before me,

my comings and my goings,

the challenges and obstacles ahead.

Lord please go before me,

give me your advantage,

Spirit level my path before me,

smooth out my way

with your peace, comfort, and grace.

Enclose me under your hand,

hem me in behind and before,

command your angels regarding me,

to protect and defend me

that my feet may not stumble

as I walk in your ways.

Give me a pure heart,

wholehearted and single-minded for you,

that I would have a servant’s heart,

working with a spirit of excellence,

and thanksgiving to you.

Let me throw off every yoke that’s not of you,

from the world, society, others, even myself,

so that I may take on only your yoke that is easy,

your burden which is light,

and learn to follow only you,

gentle Lord, humble in heart.

Thank you for being my Messiah and Lord,

I bless you and praise you for my good inheritance.

Amen.

I’m Blessed

Lord,

Help me to stay low, poor in spirit before you,

who considered yourself nothing before God

that I may be blessed, spiritually rich, and happy.

Let me mourn over my sins,

grant me a spirit of repentance

that I may be forgiven, touched by your grace,

and comforted when you lift my burdens.

Help me to walk in your gentle, sweet spirit,

and be kind and self-controlled,

that I may have your peace and security,

and be entrusted with your inheritance.

Put in me an insatiable hunger and thirst

to seek you, know you, and live right before you

that you may nourish me with all your goodness

and I may be completely satisfied in you.

Let me walk in mercy,

trusting in your promises

and sheltering under your deliverance,

that your loving kindness and mercy would overtake me.

Strengthen my heart to walk in purity,

staying on the paths of courage, integrity, and godly character

so that I may see your face clearly and know your closeness.

Let me be a peacemaker to express your heart,

brokering reconciliation, healing, and connection,

and have the joy and favor of being called your child.

Enable me to stand firm in faith,

doing what you have called me to do,

walking in love, courage, truth, and grace

that when persecution comes,

I would be spiritually alive,

my soul lit on fire for your glory,

experiencing your peace that transcends all understanding,

and enjoying your rewards when eternity comes.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Walking With

Lord,

Thank you that you’re with me,

in and through

the mountains and valleys,

a constant companion,

my wise and gentle Shepherd,

guiding my steps,

strengthening my heart,

knowing and aware of what’s ahead, behind, all around.

I need not be fearful or anxious,

only just to lean in,

draw close,

trust and follow you.

You who make my paths straight,

and give me courage to do what’s right,

focus to stay on track,

not turning away to the right or left,

and enabling, empowering grace.

All my ways will be steadfast and sure,

because you are with me Lord.

Thank you and I bless you.

Amen.

Paths

Lord,

Lead and guide my steps into all truth,

let your Word be a lamp unto my feet,

illuminate the ways that you have called me.

Let me lean in to hear your voice,

not letting your Word out of my sight,

cherishing your rhema in my heart,

for they are life to me,

healing for soul, mind, and body.

Let my ears hear Wisdom calling in the streets

and turn down to her paths.

Grant me the spirit of the fear of the lord,

knowledge and common sense,

discernment, insight, understanding,

counsel and might,

to live righteous and pleasing in your sight.

Let me see evil coming and hide,

guide me in the ways of truth and light,

Lord that I may be blessed,

give glory to your Name,

but above all just know you and walk with you

all the days of my life.

I love you Lord.

Amen.

My Great Reward

Lord,

You are God

having all the fullness of divinity,

yet you never regarded your being,

your right, your position

as something to cling to or display.

You surrendered all

to put on the skin of man,

and was obedient unto death for love.

Now you are most exalted,

your Name above every name.

King of kings and the Lord of lords

may I serve you wholeheartedly, single-mindedly,

seeing you in my midst wherever you place me.

Please let me know your heart of selflessness,

grant me the grace to keep my heart humble

before you and man.

Deliver me from the fear of man,

my anxious striving and man-pleasing work.

Sensitize me to my need for love,

and all the idols I seek to fill it,

that I may repent and turn to you,

knowing you are my only Source and Sustainer,

the Lover of my soul.

Let my heart be free,

just to serve you, love you, be with you

wherever you are, wherever you go,

wherever you would have me follow,

because it is all from you,

all to you.

You are my great reward,

let me seek and find you always.

Amen.

A Beautiful Yoke

Lord,

I praise you for leaving your throne,

the heavens that are your home

dwelling in beloved unity with the Father and Spirit,

to come down and save the world.

Thank you for your heart,

open, exposed, vulnerable,

loving as only the Son of God,

Son of Man can love

in mercy, truth, grace, and power,

holy, right, and true,

never looking away or holding back.

You are the Messiah,

promised through the Jewish people

to be the Savior of the whole world.

I praise you that you made the way,

reached down for me,

washed me clean by your blood

to be able to approach you

and come near to you.

Thank you that you are approachable,

gentle and humble in heart,

and your yoke is easy and burden light.

I praise you for breaking

the heavy, oppressive yoke of the world upon my back,

filling me with dread and anxiety,

draining life.

Let it be so Lord,

that your joy would forever be my strength,

that my food would be to do your will,

and that I would discern and delight

to do the work you’ve prepared in advance for me to do.

and accomplish your work,

to shine your light,

to be a conduit of your blessing.

I praise you for life abundant in you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

New Beginnings

Lord,

I bless you for new beginnings

found in you every moment and every day.

I praise you for your grace and love

that speaks life into my failures and setbacks,

comforting and empowering me for my every step.

Thank you for your rhythm and wisdom

that takes me through the ebbs and flows of time

riding through the weeks and seasons

with your perspective, knowledge, and understanding.

I praise you that you are a God of order,

not chaos or confusion,

and that you will bring me into the right place at the right time,

as long as I seek your face.

I rest knowing that you are in control,

active, moving, and working on my behalf

with a guileless heart, good, loving, powerful, and wise,

that you work all things for the good of those who love you.

Thank you that it’s not all on me,

I place my full confidence in you.

Take the helm of my life,

please take full control,

I bless you Lord for the promise of life

from you the Source of life,

the fountain of living water,

my heart overflows with your presence with me

in and through all things to come.

I love you Lord.

Amen.