Walk By Faith

Lord,

Grant me grace

to know you walk with me today,

closer to me than my heartbeat,

infinite and awesome,

glorious in the heavens.

I cannot go without your presence,

so infuse me with a fresh infilling of your Spirit,

supernatural love and grace,

to step into full obedience

cleansed of guile and self deception,

wholly surrendered with a ready yes in my heart

to your Voice,

saying no to the demands of my flesh

to hide, conserve, hoard, and defend,

but to open my heart as you did

speaking mercy and truth.

Lord open my eyes to see,

my ears to hear,

open and humble my heart

to truly see,

peering into the spirit,

that I may walk by faith not by sight,

according to your rhythms, ebbs, and flows,

your voice, call, and will.

Not my will but yours be done.

Use me, use my life Lord,

let me be your salt and light in this world.

Amen.

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.

Live Worthy

Lord,

let me see you rightly,

holy, sovereign, powerful, beautiful,

loving you and obeying you rightly.

Cleanse me

with your spirit of repentance,

the spirit of the fear of the Lord,

burn away all bondages in my heart

that cling to the material elements

of this world that will all pass away.

Open my eyes, ears, and heart

to see straight through to the heavens

peering into eternity,

realizing my days are less than a breath,

my time fleeting here on earth,

it will all pass away,

so may my earthly life be forfeit,

dying with you,

that I would gain eternal life,

rising in you.

Help me to surrender all,

letting go of what seems so important,

my priorities, my ways, my plans…

and want you alone,

laying down personal gain

so I will gain all of you.

Be my everything,

set yourself as a seal upon my heart,

a seal upon my arm,

be who and what I live for,

your glory, your Name, your honor.

Because you alone are worthy 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.

In Love

Lord,

I struggle to face the limits of my love,

realizing my efforts are dirty rags

revealing my control, anxiety,

a lack of faith in you.

Forgive me for my pride

in thinking my compassion and love

is better, greater than yours.

I loosen my grip,

open my palms,

and let go.

Enter in Lord,

and hold my pain,

comfort my heart,

fill my loneliness and emptiness,

cleanse my addictions and innoculations,

and set me free.

Freedom.

Your love sets free,

choice,

hope,

faith

working all things for good.

You draw those you love,

and your love

is a greater force working

than any other.

So help me to trust,

lean into you,

and let go of me,

and believe that in the surrendering,

now you move,

act,

and work

in better, perfect ways I cannot see.

I trust you Lord.

You are Love,

let me be hidden in you,

one with you.

Amen.

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.