Letting Go

Lord,

I praise you that you hold onto me,

uphold me in your love,

reminding me of your promises,

your goodness in the past,

so I can let go today,

and trust you.

I place my loved ones in your hands

trusting your plans, your will, your timing for them

is perfect,

and I’m grateful to have been a witness

of your love, your Spirit, your grace in their lives

for a moment in time

that I pray stretches into an eternity of fellowship

worshipping you.

Lord, you give and you take away,

and I’m blessed for the footprints

that have come into and out of my life,

that you have used

to bless, enrich, grant love and wisdom,

to remind me how real you are,

how powerful and good,

how deeply you love this world,

so much that you came down

and gave your life for us all.

Come Lord,

I long for the day

we will all be caught up in your power,

with every tear wiped from our eyes,

no more loss, grief, and pain,

enjoying sweet fellowship with you

with one another

forever.

I trust you Lord,

I let go,

and I bless you.

Amen.

In Love

Lord,

I struggle to face the limits of my love,

realizing my efforts are dirty rags

revealing my control, anxiety,

a lack of faith in you.

Forgive me for my pride

in thinking my compassion and love

is better, greater than yours.

I loosen my grip,

open my palms,

and let go.

Enter in Lord,

and hold my pain,

comfort my heart,

fill my loneliness and emptiness,

cleanse my addictions and innoculations,

and set me free.

Freedom.

Your love sets free,

choice,

hope,

faith

working all things for good.

You draw those you love,

and your love

is a greater force working

than any other.

So help me to trust,

lean into you,

and let go of me,

and believe that in the surrendering,

now you move,

act,

and work

in better, perfect ways I cannot see.

I trust you Lord.

You are Love,

let me be hidden in you,

one with you.

Amen.

To Pray

Lord,

thank you for reaching my heart,

loosening my lips,

unlocking words

to talk with you,

to pray,

confide,

whisper,

wonder,

cry,

for confidence in your love,

for showing me my limits and lack

by your kindness, not to my shame,

so that I can ask, seek, and knock.

My reason has failed me,

your loving kindness has broken through,

time and again,

I bless you for faith,

softening, circumcising this heart of stone,

and I dare to believe now,

that you are so good,

you will answer.

I accept your terms,

I pray now your will, not my own,

trusting you know best,

with unclenched hands

ready to surrender all and receive

your best for my ultimate good,

even when I don’t understand.

Help me, teach continuously how to pray,

I love you Lord.

Amen.

Upon His Shoulders

Lord of my rest,

I bless you.

I receive your comfort,

healing and refreshing,

depleted and needy

for your Spirit and grace.

Thank you for rest,

break into my frenetic cycles

where my wheels only spin

and I’m more stuck than I know.

Shine your light

on the root of my anxieties,

so I can’t cover it up,

and help me

to cast all my cares on you.

Break through my muteness,

open my mouth,

so my heart can spill forth the cries

pent up behind my futile actions.

When the world weighs heavy on my shoulders,

and surrounding sin and pain grieve me,

I choose to remember you,

my Lord,

Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace,

the government is upon your shoulder.

I praise your Name.

Amen.

Cast Your Cares

Lord,

King of the universe,

Maker of all bread,

you are sovereign,

you are in control,

your ways are higher than mine,

your thoughts and wisdom higher than my thoughts,

you are alive

in your glorious body

active, interceding, moving

on behalf of those you love.

Help me to be still and know that you are God,

that my heart may trust fully, wholly in you,

resting in your power, ability, and strength.

Please help me to cast all my anxieties,

cares upon you,

releasing my control again and again to you

knowing I surrender them to perfect, capable hands.

Thank you for your call to all

who are weary and heavy laden,

for you promise your rest.

Gentle and humble Lord,

let me taste and know your rest again,

heal and replenish me with revelation of yourself,

fill my heart and mind with faith and truth,

and use me, bless me to be a blessing.

I love you Lord,

I long for my life to bless your heart.

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.

Lose My Life For Gain

Lord,

Thank you for coming down from heaven to earth

to the world you made,

the people you created,

misunderstood, isolated, abused, and suffering at our hands,

shedding your blood

and giving up your life

to be our perfect sacrifice

to do away with the power of sin and death forever and ever,

setting me free to believe and live.

Thank you for making the way,

the path clear to enter heaven

to the Father’s heart

where I belong and find rest for my soul.

Grant me the grace to lose myself,

lose my life, lose my all for your sake,

that I may find life,

to lay down my flesh, my chaotic emotions, my unwieldy passions

to follow you and serve you.

I am yours and my life is not my own,

it is yours, all yours,

let me decrease that you may increase,

and would your Spirit arise within me

filling me with power, love, and a sound mind.

Lord, it’s not about me anymore,

would you show me your heart and thoughts,

your will, purposes, and your ways?

Grant me your vision,

boldness, faith, courage,

determination, diligence, and persistence,

strength and power by the Spirit

to do the works you’ve called me to do.

Thank you for your ever present help, support, and fellowship,

I am not alone.

Let your eyes run to and fro through the earth,

and please let me be found worthy to be used by you.

I bless you Lord,

you alone are God and worthy of all my praise.

Amen.

Promises

Lord,

In your presence,

in your hands,

I am safe, cared for, loved.

I thank you for your plans and thoughts

that you have for me,

I know they are plans for peace and my well-being,

not for disaster,

you are good through and through,

and I trust you,

you protect and guard over my life,

longing for your best for me.

I thank you that your plans are to give me a future and hope,

to restore all the years the locusts have eaten,

to pour out mercy and grace over past failures and shame,

to bring compensation for all the enemy has stolen, killed, and destroyed,

you bring strength and life to my heart.

I call on you Lord,

for your lovingkindness, generosity, and graciousness has won me over.

I come and pray to you,

knowing you hear my voice

and that you bend down from heaven,

tilting your ear to listen to me.

Your presence stirs deep longing in my heart for you, for eternity,

and I seek you, I need you,

you are my life, you are my everything,

and I will never stop searching for you with all my heart

because you promise to be found by me.

Lord, as your Word comes to pass in my life,

you will restore my fortunes and set me free

and all my generations coming forth,

and I will stand in your promises,

in the land you have given to me,

you will bring me back home.

I love you, bless you, and thank you Lord.

You alone are God, and worthy of all praise.

Amen.

My Everything

Lord,

You are the only Way, the Truth, and the Life,

the one way of salvation,

reigning over all the heavens and the earth,

the King of kings and the Lord of lords,

Captain over every situation,

in charge, in control,

you’ve never let me go.

Lord have my heart,

my hands are open,

take it all,

I surrender all to you,

be my everything.

In your Person, your presence, your life,

I’m saved, delivered in my trusting,

I see in my believing,

for you are all this broken heart ever needed.

I have no lack in you,

desperation has only drawn me closer to you.

Nothing can separate me from your love,

I praise you from a heart rich and full,

and I will sing my hallelujah to you today,

grateful for all you have done.

Amen.