Rest And Obedience

Lord,

thank you for your rest,

always you call me into a relationship with you,

your commands intentional

to build my trust and faith in you.

Help me Lord,

deliver me from the hamster wheels I create for myself,

that others, the world create for me.

Take me out and deliver me.

Let me find my rest in the warmth of your hand,

holding me, caring for me back to health,

carrying me to the green pastures and quiet waters I’d missed with you.

Let me learn from you who are gentle and humble in heart,

whose yoke is easy and burden is light.

What is your heart Lord?

What do you desire to do through my life?

Forgive me Lord for my striving.

I lay down my will and my plans for yours,

I want to be used by you,

and to shine for your glory alone.

But let me first find rest in you

and do it all, hand-in-hand,

walking side-by-side,

in intimate, sweet relationship with you.

Let it be no other way,

I love you Lord, have your way in me.

Amen.

Know You More

Lord,

I turn my heart to you,

longing to know you as my friend, my brother.

Wash me thoroughly once again Lord,

cleanse me of my religion,

my disciplines, my practices,

the tools that I turn to

thinking I’ll be ok.

I desire to know you,

your heart, your thoughts, your ways,

your wisdom, your love, your passion, your devotion.

Open my eyes to look back on your kindness and faithfulness,

your merciful interventions into my life,

your always pursuit that carried me through

the valleys and the mountains.

Help me to remember your grace like air,

sustaining,

surrounding,

carrying me.

I lift my voice to thank you

that you’ve never let me go,

to praise you

for making me yours

bringing me into your kingdom of light,

my Lord who is

unchanging, holy, pure love, righteous, gentle, and true

yesterday, today, and forevermore.

Amen.

Walk With Me

Abba,

As I go through my day,

grant me dove’s eyes for you,

an awareness of your presence,

your voice,

your peace,

your heart.

As people cross my path,

bumping into my being,

as circumstances fill the space around me,

use it all to slough off dead soulish skin,

expose the places of my need,

the idols of my choice,

and pour out your lovingkindness, mercy, and compassion,

into my broken matrices,

that I may truly be healed, set free, and whole.

Let me sit and be in your love

in all my glorious mess,

let it be your love and grace that truly transforms and sustains me,

not my disciplines, mantras, and efforts.

Abba I invite you,

come into my day to day,

my step by step,

my breath to breath,

breathe into me,

and empower me to walk with you.

Let me be your companion

just like in the garden.

I love you Abba.

Amen.