Mercy And Strength

Lord,

Thank you for your grace,

your understanding, comfort, encouragement

in the midst of my failures and weakness.

Thank you that your voice never accuses,

nor condemns,

but draws close, strengthens, empowers,

so that I rejoice in your goodness,

your sweet kindness once again.

Fill me with faith again,

grant me strength,

give me vision and hope,

help me to persevere and be diligent,

and let me be bold and courageous

in your directives,

trusting you are with me,

your Spirit enabling and resuscitating

fresh power, ability, and skill

to fulfill your purposes for your glory.

I praise you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

The Reigning King

Lord,

I praise you

you are the living God,

ruling and reigning in flesh and Spirit

from the heavenlies,

seated on your throne.

I praise you for your salvation,

for your healing and deliverance,

for granting me eternal life.

I praise you that you are coming once more

to make all things right.

Thank you for your love and presence,

that your eyes and heart move in and through

the broken systems of this world,

drawing all the orphans,

the poor in spirit to you.

You see, you know, you have the last word,

you are justice and mercy,

our holy, righteous, perfect God.

Come quickly Lord,

I bless your Name.

Amen.

First Love

Lord,

return me to first love,

letting me remember

the joy of my salvation,

your grace and mercy

that drew and broke me,

drenching me with compassion

and loving kindness,

when I’ve done nothing

to deserve your love,

only always, humbly receiving.

I understand now,

it never stopped after salvation,

my need only grows for you,

your light exposing my heart,

your mercy reaching ever deeper depths,

your love ever taking more ground,

making me yours.

Take my heart,

my life, all of me,

and return me to first love,

to love you is what I’m made for.

I bless you Lord.

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.

Love Hears

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Abba,

Thank you for your love,

that you bend down from heaven and incline your ear,

to hear my feeble cries.

I praise you for your loving kindness and humility,

for your Spirit that comes into the middle of my fractured mess,

accepting my heart, frailty, and fragility with mercy.

I bless you for your presence,

your answers, solutions, and divine coincidences,

that speed healing, life, and restoration within me

that I could never conjure or figure out for myself.

I repent to you Lord,

for all the ways I control and fix on my own

leading to so much more heartache and pain.

Thank you for your patience and kindness,

always receiving me back,

gently comforting and healing,

loving me into wholeness and truth,

cleansing and washing my feet once more,

so I can rest and wholly abide in you again,

safe and secure as your child.

I bless you Abba,

Amen.

Fig Leaves

O Lord,

The same story has played out,

since Adam and Eve,

of sin bringing shame, fear, and death.

Fear of you, fear of being truly seen and known,

hiding behind fig leaves of my making,

deceiving myself

with distractions and fantasies to numb sad realities.

But God…

so very rich in mercy,

you loved me with your great and wonderful love.

I was spiritually dead and empty,

isolated, separated from you because of my sins,

but you brought me to life

together with Yeshua.

You saved me by the riches of your grace,

favor and mercy I never deserved,

never to be cast away in judgement,

but to be so close to you,

seated in Yeshua, at your right hand.

I’ll always turn to you with all of me,

trusting in your amazing love and mercy.

Messiah and Lord,

my Savior and Friend,

Amen.