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.

My Lord

My Lord,

I surrender to your waves of mercy,

sinking deep, allowing your love to penetrate every cell of my body.

I can’t believe you would take me back,

after my failures, my sin, my betrayal of you,

the nails I put in your hands and feet,

the way I mocked and scorned you,

how hard and cold my heart was to your suffering.

I don’t understand how you receive me back again and again,

this prodigal,

with wide open arms,

putting your ring on my finger,

your robe on my back,

telling me I am yours,

that you chose me and want me,

and I belong to you.

I can’t understand your love in my intellect,

yet you pursue me, you haven’t let me go.

You are kind, gentle, and good,

holy, pure, with no guile,

strong, tender, compassionate,

humble, gracious, and patient.

You keep no record of my wrongs,

your heart is always soft towards me,

open, merciful, you never hold back.

I bless you Lord

there’s none that loves like you,

you alone are God,

perfect in love,

beautiful, glorious,

take this small, broken heart,

make it wholly yours,

I give myself to you.

Amen.