Sojourners

Lord,

help me to embrace the tension of being in this world

yet living for eternity.

Increase my faith,

let them be pillars within me,

to stand in your spiritual truths,

in the midst of culture’s temptations and my flesh.

Help me to examine my heart again and again

to clearly see and understand what I am truly living for.

Sift up my own deception,

expose my blind spots

where I am living for temporal comfort and gain.

I repent to you where the lines have gotten muddied in me,

and I ask you to cleanse my heart,

renew a right spirit,

grant me your perspective and incentive,

restore joy, peace, and hope

and help me to be steadfast in you.

Let me be ok in the struggle,

with the wrestle,

understanding that this is your call,

to live in your Spirit,

at odds with a world running the other way.

Help me to be wise and save souls,

obeying your voice,

following your instructions,

conducting myself honorably,

submitting my heart to your Word,

that the fruit of the Spirit

would bear witness to this world

of your Light.

Help me Lord,

you are worthy.

Amen.

Rest In Faith

Lord,

you are sovereign over all the universe,

you are closer to me than my breath,

you are mighty and strong,

lovingly, intimately involved in my life,

please now penetrate into every area of my heart,

where unbelief hardens

and the care of this world bring unrest.

Help me to cast all my cares upon you,

remembering your provision, kindness, and goodness

pursuing me and holding onto me,

and choose to believe again and again.

Give me faith,

let me throw off every yoke, distraction, and idol,

and purify my heart

to be wholehearted, single minded

pursuing your will,

obeying you.

Restore my joy and hope,

and let me once again find rest in you alone.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Happy And Content

Lord,

help me to be present,

taking a moment,

catching a breath,

to remember you’re with me,

and be aware of your Spirit,

knowing I’m loved,

not by what I do,

but by all you’ve done.

Let me be content,

letting go of perfect,

leaning in, being ok,

and making peace with broken places,

letting your light,

your comfort shine through.

Let me serve you rightly,

pursuing you,

living to please you,

with joy, gratitude, and overflow,

simply as me,

no false burdens, guilt, or expectations,

exactly where I’m at…

with my few loaves and fishes,

offering back my gifts to you,

taking care of my small garden plot,

being faithful and diligent

in the small things…

they count, they matter,

trusting you,

sinking into your grace,

knowing you’re sufficient,

happy that with you,

I lack no good thing.

Let my heart be at peace,

giving life to my body,

joyfully giving my life for you.

Amen.

Draw Me Away

Lord,

Draw me away to rest in you,

kiss me with your Word,

revive me with your Spirit,

remind me again that your love is better than wine,

than anything this world has to offer…

for only you can satisfy.

Hide me under your wings,

for your nearness delights and comforts,

your presence is a fragrance

that soothes, restores, and calms.

Still my soul against your heartbeat,

your rhythm of love and melody of grace.

Let me rejoice and be glad in you,

remembering and praising your sweet love,

enjoying you, resting assured

that this is right where I belong.

I love you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

Love On Display

Lord,

I throw myself into your care,

your arms of mercy,

your empowering grace.

Forgive me of my pride and independence,

melt my rigid perfectionism,

help me to slow my racing thoughts

so I can cast them onto you,

knowing you care for me,

and align me with your ways,

your peace, priorities, and pace.

Not by might, nor by power,

but let me live by your Spirit,

and entrust myself to You

who are able to keep me

from stumbling and falling,

and present me unblemished,

faultless and blameless,

before the presence of God

with victorious joy, triumphant delight.

I can’t wait for that day

for your glory, love, and power to be on display.

To you Lord, our Messiah,

be all glory, splendor, honor, majesty,

power, might, and dominion,

forever and ever,

through all time.

Amen.

Peace Be Still

Lord,

Arrest me and gently draw my attention

when my mind is frozen in a whirling buzz

and stuck in anxious cycling.

Let your shalom break in

settling and grounding my body, mind, and soul.

Help me to be aware of unhelpful forces within

propelling me in reaction,

where I involve myself in distractions and busyness

you never called me in to.

Break in and deliver me from the root of anxiety within me.

I repent, acknowledging my helplessness before you.

I proclaim it is not my function or my portion,

yet it is all I’ve known,

so by faith I ask Lord for your mercy,

establish your peace that transcends all understanding in its place.

Still my body, heart, and brain to rest and heal.

Let me live guided by your peace,

moving at your pace,

and speak into my heart

your words of mercy, comfort, and life,

that I am accepted, enough, beloved in you.

Help me understand my true function

and your purposes for me,

pour out your Spirit of grace

so I may always turn back to you,

returning to truth, simplicity, stillness, and peace,

and be empowered to do your works by faith,

what you have portioned for my hands to do,

and find contentment

exactly as I am, where I am, wherever you lead,

wholly, fully present for this beautiful life

you have gifted me

that I may know you, know your joy,

and give you thanks and praise

every day, all my days.

Thank you for your power and peace Lord,

you are able.

Amen.

Yours In Rest

Lord of Shabbat,

Teach me your rest,

let me learn from you

who are gentle and humble in heart.

Call me

and let me recognize your voice once more,

to know that I’m your own,

I’m yours,

resting in your presence,

green pastures,

quiet waters,

right paths

that you lead me on,

knowing all is well with my soul

because my Good Shepherd knows,

my Prince of Peace has me.

I lay it all down this Shabbat,

my burdens, my cares I cast upon you,

and as darkness always brings the morning light,

I rest,

knowing your presence is my hope and restoration.

I trust you Lord.

Amen.

Work Rest

Lord,

I praise you for your rest,

rest in your love,

rest in your Word,

rest in your commands,

rest in simple obedience to you,

and a relationship with you.

Let my work be rest

as I give my gifts, talents, and skills

back to you for your glory.

Place me where you would maximize your glory

through my life.

Deliver me from making work an idol,

wrapping my worth into my performance,

shrinking back in fear of failing.

Grant me your vision,

boldness, courage, faith, determination,

discipline, diligence, and persistence

to see your plans and will birthed through my life.

Ready me for your kingdom come.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.