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Posted: June 24, 2013 in #DearGod, Sermon

My King, thank You for all that You are doing in the lives of Your people. Thank You for the season of growth and the season of change. I see You doing great and wonderful things all around, from the inside out. You are orchestrating a great piece, and we are but a note to be played. A beautiful creation in our own right, but nothing without our Composer. God, don’t let me get wrapped up in the content You produce in me and don’t let me get caught up in the place You’ve put me in. God, wrap me in Your arms even if I struggle and hold me tight because You’re all I need. Consume my desires and my heart, chastise me at my core and turn my desires to You. Lord of all, here on my heart are things I don’t want, or rather that I know I don’t need and that they could harm me because I want them. If I follow this wicked heart again, knowing it leads to ruin, where would I end up? Don’t allow me to abandon wisdom and good guidance for the things I feel tied to. Allow me to surpass my mistakes on the second round, allow me the strength to do the work You did in my life justice. I know You have good things in store for me. I can wait. Again, my plea, chastise my heart. The path is narrow and grows narrower, my situation grows more and more desperate and is becoming more and more a beautiful mess. Help me to bear the heart of a servant, guide me in the role You have placed me in. Flow new things into my life and wash away the old, teach me to live with my hand open for You to take and for You to give. I hope You never need to pry my hand open because there are things I’m afraid to let go of, and that I would never try to rid my hand of something You had a purpose for pretending You are taking it away. God, in this glass house, reign King and let Your order be known. You first, myself last. So be my prayer until Your answer.

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Posted: June 8, 2013 in #DearGod, Sermon

God, I know You reign over all things. God I know You are faithful. God I know You are someone I can trust. God thank You for Your hand, and thank You for Your heart. God I thank You for the storms of life, even those we don’t see coming. God I thank You that You are God in the midst of it and that You are literally bringing a new day with fresh light every morning and that You are the Author of time itself and we are simply reading along. You have it all figured out and everything is in Your control. Read us like a book and tell us where to go. Give us a clue, guide us, help us like only You can. God be real in the midst of our problems, circumstances and pains. God, my heart is burdened most right now for those that have no idea where to turn to or where to go. For men with broken hearts, walking time bombs and open and infected wounds… For women who are slaves to their insecurities, who have made mistakes and don’t know how to deal with them and those carrying a life they don’t know what to do with. God, You alone can understand their hurt, I can’t even begin to pretend to know it. Be there. Shine through darkness and mend the wounds and heal the hearts and defeat the stronghold of insecurity. Slay the reputation of it’s lies. God, You are a warrior God and stands before You an enemy I know I don’t need to convince You to defeat or take hold of. I need only be willing to go and join the fray, so here I am Lord. Here we are. Rise up an army filled with the Spirit, burning to the core with a passion for those captive to their circumstances and mistakes. We were there once, and You set us free, do it again. God send answers. God send listeners. God send passion. God send the burden for those You love and came out from Heaven to bring back with You as a King returning from war. God, my King, thank You for coming to my rescue. I was there once, I was hurting, I was broken. Here my story lays bare. Use it, grow it, and I pray You would work a miracle for someone else through it. So be my prayer until Your answer.

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Posted: June 4, 2013 in #DearGod, Sermon
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Thanks for answers to prayer and putting others beside me bold enough to be blunt and open about tough topics. You amaze me with how You work with time and how You chose to answer our prayers. It’s so off our radar most of the time, but if we could comprehend it we could only start to doubt as to whether You’re any better than us if we can predict You. God, sometimes it gets really hard to see You in this world we live in that is determined to hide You. It’s like a corn maze in a dense fog, so easy to lose our way and forget You when we can’t see. God open our eyes to see You again, God draw us closer and don’t let us go. Teach us again from the beginning who You are, not just what You can do. Help us to stop  chasing Your hand and start chasing Your heart. God, right now from the depths of my soul I am desperate to really hate and despise my sin like You do. God, somewhere along the lines I became used to my sin, as if it were part of me, and I became comfortable and I pray You bring uneasiness. I came to find a place where my sin was not only comfortable but also enjoyable and pleasing, and yet my spirit cries from within me for it to be something I detest. God, this is a crisis. Help us to truly become angered by and disgusted by our sin, help us to truly hate our own lack of guilt for our most common offenses. It isn’t ok with me anymore that I continue to live like I don’t know You or like I have no opportunity to change. This isn’t about other people, but a crisis of the heart and of our own guilt and conscience. If we really hated our sin, how would we live? Give us this motivation for change and becoming more like You! I know it’s not pleasant, but if You’re really God then I want to really live like it. Don’t let my heart off easy for getting off track. You are the only one worth chasing with my life and talents and treasures and time. I appreciate that You give us the opportunity to come to You, as filthy as we sometimes are with our religion-stains, and that You didn’t just invite us but came and died for us while we were still in our sin. God, thanks for convictions and the hard things in life, You are God of the calm and the storm. God, thank You for working things out with us when You didn’t have to and everything You do . Don’t let us ever stop being thankful to a God that gives so much. So be my prayer until Your answer.

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Posted: May 22, 2013 in #DearGod, Sermon
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God, thank You for Your grace and guidance. Help me to understand how You could forgive us when we treated You as someone else’s God and disregarded Your warnings and teachings. Especially just to follow what sounds good to us. God, You are just and You are the One on the throne. Lord, those that stand before you with insolence and disrespectful hearts will bow a knee when the time comes. You are the Victor, and I pray that is true in this life as well. God, don’t You let us ever forget You. Fill our hearts with holy fear and trembling that we seem to have forgotten as we get used to Your grace and mercy gift. Following You isn’t simply an option if You’re real. You are good, but You do as You please. You have all power in Your hand, let us not forget this just because You also hold forgiveness and love in Your outstretched hand for us. I know a time is coming and is nearer by the second for that hand to pull away. God give us a clear picture of who You are and what You’ve really done for us. You chose to forgive us, even now, for all we’ve done… How great a love could You possibly have that we would be subject to Your mercy? You are a jealous God and we are a whore of a Kingdom. Thank You isn’t enough. We like to think it was just Israel that forgot You, that it’s tales of old and in the past and that the church has never forgotten You, but that’s just fairy tales and legends. We need You more now than ever, and where is Your authority? When did we forget You and become a religion? The very brood of vipers You despised! Why do we have to pass by the lady in a car at Walmart struggling to get into her wheelchair wishing for new legs and not have the power to say “I don’t have new legs to give you, but here’s what I have… Get up and walk on the legs you were given, God is healing you today, and you can put this on His credit and His name. No strings attached.” because it’s not Sunday or in a church when it’s ok to be religious? God, where did You go that we have to squint to find You in a Christian nation surrounded by a growing Atheist world? You’re a powerful God. You’re a sovereign Overseer. You’re a master Creator. Do it all again, we need You. Put the bread in the house, put the bread in the streets and hoods, put the bread in the white house. Most importantly God, don’t let us mistake something man made as being a god again because it feels good or gives us goose bumps or because religion says so. Be raw, be real, or don’t be at all because You’re either God or You’re not and it’s not for us to decide. Thank You for life, thank You for breath, and thank You for words. Don’t let us ever stop being thankful to a God that gives so much. So be my prayer until Your answer.