He May Increase

Lord,

Let me keep your first commandment

first in my heart this year.

Pour out your grace upon my heart,

my mind, my soul,

to love you will my passion,

my intelligence, my strength,

my will.

Let me receive your love

through all the cracks,

amidst all the broken places,

aware of my need,

redeemed in your mercy.

No more running and striving

to hide, cover up, become what I’m not,

help me just to be,

comfortable in my flaws,

accepting of my limits and failures,

broken over sin,

knowing that in all of my weaknesses,

you’re there,

your strength is perfected,

your grace shines more brightly,

and that from my lips,

I can only boast of you.

Be glorified in me Lord,

that I may decrease,

and you may increase this year.

You alone are worthy.

Amen.

His Sufficiency

Lord,

thank you that I’m enough,

your grace is sufficient,

I have everything I need

to live the life you have called me to.

All that I need is you.

I lay down promises,

resolutions, rigid to-dos,

and reach for your heart.

Show me your priorities,

your call, your purpose

for me in this generation.

Put in my heart your desires,

and the wisdom, knowledge,

understanding, and insight

to walk it out well.

Place me in the midst of your flock

who know and love your voice.

Your yoke is easy

and your burden is light,

affirm my path with your peace and joy,

and let my ways please and delight you.

Have your way in me,

and be pleased to show me your ways.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

With God

Lord,

I praise you and bless you

for small steps,

new beginnings,

fresh hope,

winds of change,

assurance that you’re with me,

and you faithfully guide me

through every transition,

every season,

your hand holding mine,

and I am safe and ok.

Hem me in,

keep me close to you,

pour out your grace

that my heart would ever cling to you.

Direct my steps,

to walk with yours

not lagging behind,

not rushing ahead,

and to always enjoy,

the gift of the present,

your presence,

to know and love you

today and always.

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.

Pursuing The Lord

Lord,

let me know you rightly,

let me see you clearly,

casting aside my perceived gains and merits

for your sake,

your purposes for giving me my life.

Let me prize your presence,

the treasures of knowledge and revelation of you,

and let everything else dim in comparison,

considering it all garbage,

casting off all the cares of this world,

so that I may gain you.

I want to be found in you Lord,

not in any of my own righteousness,

works, or merits,

but in faith,

the righteousness that comes

by believing in you alone.

Lord, to know you,

that I may ultimatley value knowing you,

your Personhood,

your resurrection,

your suffering,

your death,

and become more like you.

Let me continue to press on,

forgetting what is behind,

and reaching for what is ahead,

staying true to your Word

already planted within me,

and eager to develop and grow in you daily.

Be my vision,

be my goal,

be my everything Lord.

I bless you,

Amen.

Save Me

Lord,

I ask for your protection,

wrap me in your wings,

hide me under your shadow,

cover me and keep me.

Rebuke my enemies,

send confusion and chaos their way,

frustrate their malicious efforts,

and clear my path

that I will move forward boldly,

unhindered with sure footing.

Rise up and defend me,

avenge me because I’m your own.

Keep my heart and my mind,

focus my gaze on you,

help me to pray for my enemies,

blessing them,

give me an unoffended heart,

trusting in your word,

believing you see me,

your mercy already extended

meeting my cries.

Deepen my faith,

and let me cling to you

and stand firm,

putting all my hope in you.

I praise you Lord

for your salvation and deliverance!

Amen.

Your Love

Lord,

show me your love,

expand my heart, my capacity,

my understanding to receive,

break through my shallow understanding,

deliver me from my doubts

in the midst of pain, suffering, and my disappointments,

and wash off the lies that I must come worthy.

For you have forgiven me of all my sins,

you heal me,

you have redeemed my life from darkness.

Your steadfast love and mercy adorn me,

and you satisfy me with good

so that I am refreshed and enlivened.

You work out righteousness and justice

where I am oppressed,

You make your ways and actions known,

Lord you are merciful and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

You won’t always rebuke,

you won’t stay angry forever,

I thank you that you don’t deal with me according to my sins,

or repay me according to my failings.

I love you Lord,

please help me to draw near to you,

knowing you will draw nearer to me.

I bless you.

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.

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.

Sweet Companionship

Lord,

You have shown me the Father,

gentle, generous, gracious, and kind,

good, wise, and perfect,

disciplining me for my good,

keeping me within pleasant boundaries

that are good for my soul.

You are my Provider,

meeting all my needs,

you are my Comforter,

you will never leave me nor forsake me.

You have given me everything I need,

every spiritual blessing

to walk in holiness and perfection in your eyes.

Help me to joyfully fellowship with you

in your suffering,

as you walked a stranger in this world.

Let me let go of my familiarity with the world,

to be your friend,

that my attachments to this world would fade away

in the light of your beautiful face,

and help me to just be still and walk

with you in the garden,

knowing there’s no other place I’d rather be

than with you as your companion.

I still my heart,

focusing my inward gaze upon you,

and I praise you and bless your Name.

Amen.