First Love

Lord,

thank you for your Spirit

that infuses me with revelation of who you are,

an awareness of your presence,

how real you are.

I am but dust without you,

dry, weary, devoid of life,

and I praise you for saving me to life,

life abundant, eternal in you.

Help me Lord.

Topple the idols in my heart,

sear away the distractions, busyness,

all of my excuses for sin

that all lead to death.

Restore my heart to first love,

that when you come again soon,

I’ll be watching, waiting, looking for you

with clear eyes and spirit, a pure heart,

and my cup will overflow,

my gladness and joy fulfilled

to see you face to face,

taken up in the clouds,

in a blink of an eye,

in the midst of all rejoicing lovers

surrounding the King of kings.

Have your way in me,

enable me by your Spirit and grace

to work out my faith with fear and trembling,

let your perfect love cast out all fear,

loving you in heart and obedience,

going boldly where you lead and call,

standing firm in faith,

faithful to the end

and shining your light.

Make it so Lord,

I bless you.

Amen.

Abba’s Gladness

Abba,

you pursue,

you love,

you draw me,

you made an everlasting covenant

through giving your Son,

you never turn away,

your heart always remains open,

you are always doing good,

and you rejoice, delight, are glad

in doing me good.

You are faithful,

to bring me into your promises,

devoted, whole hearted,

working with all your might,

a good Father,

arms open for every prodigal.

Thank you for never letting me go.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

Love Like You

Lord,

would you teach me how to love,

to peer into a soul

and see what you see,

having compassion,

unconditional acceptance

for a history I don’t see,

suffering I can’t understand,

to let go of my judgement

and lean my head on your heartbeat,

to be patient, kind, and gentle,

soft against harsh edges,

gracious toward prickly spines,

can you give me a new grace

to interact with others,

an anointing to speak words

that bring life and healing,

an empowerment and strengthening

a fresh infusion of your Spirit

to wait, give space, choice, freedom,

the honoring and dignifying,

that you have done for me

in my shame,

believing, hoping

for your best in others,

trusting that your love

is more powerful than anything in the world.

Let me love like you Lord,

remembering your love

has transformed me.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

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.

Settled In Love

Lord,

I quiet my busy mind

calm my antsy soul,

why is there such unrest within me?

When I gaze upon you in faith

with the eyes of my heart,

sensing your presence

the substance of what my faith longs for,

te weight of your Spirit

quenches my soul thirst,

heals my mind,

and settles my heart.

Lord, strengthen my inner man with your Spirit

that you would dwell in my heart as I trust in you.

Let my roots go down deep in your love

and make me unshakable, unmovable, magnanimous.

May I grasp how high, long, wide, and deep

your love is,

embracing and trusting the mystery

that all eternity will not be enough

to understand fully.

Let me be whole, complete, perfect as you are,

in the abundance of life and strength that comes from you,

that I may decrease and you would increase.

I praise you Lord

that you answer above and beyond

anything that I can ask, think, or imagine.

I praise you for your love.

Amen.

Love Alone

Lord,

I praise you for your rest,

that I can fall back into your love

unchanging, unwavering, strong, powerful, and pure.

I see my broken promises,

my feeble efforts, my striving, my own religions,

to prove myself to you… to me

when you have loved me all along.

Your perfect love drives out all condemnation and judgement.

My life makes sense only because of your love,

my purposes, my call, my destiny

is empowered by your love alone,

I stand firm, hidden in your love,

in your Spirit.

Not by my strength or my might,

but by the power of your Spirit,

I live, succeed, and thrive.

I can do all things in and through you

who empowers and gives me strength,

I’m fully sufficient in you Lord,

because you are my everything,

you are my all,

your love overflows,

surrounds, covers, and goes before me.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the shadow of your love

forever.

I bless your Name.

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.

A Witness

Abba,

I praise you that you look at the heart,

and not outward appearances.

I thank you for your gaze

that penetrates, sifts up, discerns…

and has love and compassion.

You so loved the world

that you gave your one and only Son

that whoever believes in Him will not perish

but have eternal life.

Grant me your heart and your eyes

to see a hurting world

through the walls, discord, anger, and sin,

the poor in spirit

that your Spirit hovers over,

and calls blessed.

Replenish me with your Spirit

to love from your wells of living water.

Grant me your passion and mercy

to embrace those in pain and suffering,

your strength to not turn away.

Use my hands, my heart, and my life

to be your blessing to whoever and wherever

you’d send me.

Let me witness

and find the kingdom of heaven

in lives touched

and hearts transformed,

by you.

Show me where you are moving Abba,

so that I may place my hand in yours,

and do what you do.

I love you.

Amen.