Thank You Lord

Lord,

I praise you for your salvation,

thank you for saving me,

from my old, dead self —

the sin, shame, striving, and condemnation.

Thank you for holding onto me

when doubt clouded my faith.

Thank you for loving me

when I’ve held back from you in unbelief.

Thank you for pursuing me

when I’ve run away from you and hid.

Thank you for making yourself known to me,

through all the lies and distortions I’ve held about you.

Thank you for never giving up on me,

even when I kept my heart small, hard, close, and hidden.

You are so good Lord,

your love always wins.

I praise you that broken me

has always come face to face

with your mercy, lovingkindness, and grace.

My life is yours Lord,

Amen.

Delight

Lord,

My delight is in you…

You who hold the world together,

breathing life into all creation,

and sustaining all things by your power.

Your presence is good,

shining like the sun,

bringing light to the darkest places,

warming every crevice of my soul.

Wild, untamed, holy love,

you are safe and my place of refuge.

You are deep rest, peace, and quiet,

you ground me in you,

your strength embraces me,

and I am steady, calm, and full.

Lord, let my soul be a place

where your Spirit delights to abide,

to have unhindered reign,

where my heart and mind comply

to your life-giving Word

and beautiful ways,

a place for your glory to find home.

All worship, honor, and praise to you.

Amen.

Surrender All

Lord,

Show me, teach me, help me

to surrender all to you.

I say yes in my spirit,

but don’t know how.

Please illuminate my heart,

reveal to my soul, my mind,

how I may let go.

My past, I give to you —

repenting of my sin, shame, and guilt,

receiving your forgiveness,

watching you go back in my past,

deleting all the files —

those moments, like I had never even sinned.

My future, I give to you —

so many expectations

of what I thought I needed to do,

and where I needed to be,

what I needed to look like,

absorbed from tradition, family,

culture, religion, and worldly systems

into my needy heart seeking approval,

that has only atrophied the soul you knit in me.

Yet your Spirit within has proved greater.

I surrender to your voice,

the pressures and flows of your Spirit,

buoying me into your paths,

safe within your love,

far outside my comfort,

fully alive and my soul rising and set free,

trusting you in the unknown,

casting my fears, anxieties, and worries upon you.

I surrender all my desires,

giving voice to each one,

entrusting them into your hand,

into your care,

because you know best.

I desire only your best for me,

so help me to surrender all

to receive from my Lord

and give praise to your Name.

Amen.

In Unity

Lord,

I praise you for your Spirit,

dwelling amongst us,

the Body of Messiah,

your people, my people,

gathered together

in worship,

in prayer,

in your Word,

under our Head,

built upon our Cornerstone,

trusting and loving you.

How wonderful,

delightful,

when we dwell together in unity,

covering one another in love,

bonded by your grace and mercy,

truth and life,

knitting us together

in beautiful tapestry.

Let us be one,

make it so Lord.

We love you.

Amen.

Peace And Rest

Lord,

I quiet my heart,

still my thoughts,

open my spirit,

and wait,

with no expectation,

no presumption,

just longing to hear your voice,

to sense your presence,

be still in your love,

knowing you’re right here,

always, with me.

Your Spirit fills me,

cleanses my mind,

refreshes my heart,

and a breath escapes,

releasing my cares to you.

I praise you my Prince of Peace,

and I bless you

for inviting me into your rest.

Amen.

I Will Not Fear

Lord,

Hide me under the shadow of your wing,

let me abide under your shelter,

you are a shield around me,

a powerful fortress

I run into and hide.

Keep me safe from the terrors of the night,

the deadly pestilence,

set your angelic guards around me,

so when I walk,

my feet may not stumble.

Though the world surrounds me in chaos, confusion, and fear,

I will not be afraid,

for you are with me, Lord,

with your outstretched arm,

your mighty hand covers me.

I will praise you all my days.

Amen.

Deliverance

Lord,

I bless you for your blood that covers me,

cleansing me from all my sin,

delivering me from death,

the lamb’s blood painted on the door frame,

the angel of death passing over,

I rest safe and secure,

because of your sacrifice.

I listen in the deep of the night,

their wailing cry of grief rising up,

those embroiled in idolatry,

rebellion against you,

and the fear of the Lord fills my heart,

holy awe at your hand of deliverance.

I praise you for making the way,

for saving me from my captors and enemies.

You alone are God,

great and mighty are you,

worthy of all praise!

Amen.

Lamb Of God

Lamb of God,

you came down,

innocent, good, holy, pure,

eternal One in fragile skin,

sacrificing your life

for the world,

for me.

Thank you for your blood,

that covers all my sins,

cleansing me,

washing me,

making me new,

delivering me from deserved wrath,

and an eternity in hell,

and giving me new life,

undeserved.

Thank you for the great exchange,

your beautiful life,

holy and pure within me.

I bless you Lord

for all that you have done,

you alone are God,

God of love, merciful kindness,

I worship you in your goodness and grace,

bless your Name.

Amen.

Leaving The Past Behind

Lord,

Thank you that my life is in your hands.

I can shake off the burdens of my past,

the regrets and failures,

trusting you will work all things for my good,

and reveal to me the treasures hidden in darkness.

I praise you for your wisdom, discernment,

and counsel dispensed into my spirit,

your molding, pruning, and stretching;

forging me in your continuous flame of love

as I am being created in your image.

I forget what is behind,

you clear my vision for what lies ahead.

No more shadows looming in the future,

or expectations and assumptions I should fulfill,

but surrendered and free, I look to you today,

in this moment,

the gift of your presence with me,

let me run with you.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Praise The Lord

Lord,

I praise you —

With all the breath in my lungs,

strength in my arms,

joy in my steps,

I praise you with dance!

With a song in my heart,

lyrics bubbling forth,

melody weaving with spirit,

I praise you with song!

With a sigh of contentment,

silent in revery,

wrapped in your presence,

I praise you with stillness.

I love you Lord,

you are worthy of all my praise.

Amen.