Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Forgotten Prayer

I have been clearing out the old files on my work computer and I came across this old prayer I wrote on here. It was about 3 weeks into my job as youth pastor here at Bethel. This prayer has pretty much remained a theme in how I approach what I get to do.
This was from Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.
Lord… you know me. And yet…you love me. I am and will always be forever shocked and humbled by this. I know myself… I see myself… my sin… my wicked heart. I have a hard time looking at myself let alone liking myself... and yet… you love me. You call me your child. You have taken my sin and you have forever removed the stain from my body. You paid for it. You…. You paid for it. It did not and does not go unpunished or dealt with. Grace is not free… it cost you so much. Help me to remember this always. Help me to feel this.
Lord… I give you myself today. I give you my life. I give you my voice. I pray… please… use me in the lives of those in my sphere of influence. Use me TODAY in the lives of my family for their good and joy. Use me tonight in the lives of the students I come in contact with. Use me tonight as I step out and speak for you. Lord… let my words be your words and my heart be your heart. Holy Spirit, use me as your instrument tonight for YOUR glory. I pray that you would bring those—young and old—that need to be here to hear the message tonight. Guide my speech… let it be yours.
Be with me today as I attempt to help lead this ministry, I know that you are the true leader… help me to faithfully follow you today.
Thank you for saving me. Thank you for grace. Thank you for allowing me to know you and to be loved by you. Thank you for allowing me to be called your child.
In Jesus name—Amen 

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