Friday, April 26, 2013

A while back a good friend of mine posted a prayer in the form of a poetic list of things that He wanted the Lord to teach Him. His list made me think about what I'd want the Lord to teach me, and I adjusted his to make my own. This prayer is a written form of my list. 

Dear Lord, 

Teach me to pray trustingly and act accordingly
In all my interactions make me love selflessly, speak kindly, and share Your joy and truth indiscriminately.
Especially help me in my relationship with You.
Teach me to study deeply and memorize scripture consistently
to surrender continually and abide unceasingly. 
Renew my mind to think clearly, engage fully, and focus singly.
Daily help me to use my time wisely and work whole-heartedly in what You've called me to do.
Give me contagious enthusiasm, especially for spiritual things.
When I don't see Your plan, remind me to rest confidently and wait patiently.
In all things, may I give thanks daily and sacrifice cheerfully.

Review with me what You've taught me in the past so that I won't forget it;
show me how to apply it now.
Guide me to prepare for the future,
and give me the strength I need to fight to the death (of self) today.

I ask in Jesus name,

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. 

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Dear Father,

Let this song be my prayer. Focuss my eyes on only Your Son. Be with me always, and live in my heart. Teach me to love You first and best - more than anything else. When constantly beholding You has completely changed me into Your image, please take me home. Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

I'm asking by faith in Jesus name,