Friday, April 27, 2012

Prayer of Praise from The Navigators

I have been reading through so many wonderful books these past few months as I prepare to be touched by the women of Africa yet again for a few weeks in May and June! I was given a book this past week by a relative of my roommate and it has been powerfully working in my heart. Ruth Myers is a woman that served with the Navigators for nearly 50 years in Asia. In her book, "31 Days of Praise", she writes a prayer that I have found myself praying daily. May it touch your heart and send you to the Father in gratitude for all that He is doing in you!

"Lord, I'm yours. Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life. I realize I'm not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I'm not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I'm somebody important, or to promote myself. I'm not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards. I'm here to please You.
I offer myself to You, for You are worthy. All that I am or hope to be, I owe to You. I'm Yours by creation, and every day I receive from you life and breath and all things. And I'm Yours because You bought me, and the price You paid was the precious blood of Christ. You alone, the Triune God, are worthy to be my Lord and Master. I yield to You, my gracious and glorious heavenly Father; to the Lord Jesus who loved me and gave Himself for me; to the Holy Spirit and His gracious influence and empowering.
All that I am and all that I have I give to You.
I give You any rebellion in me, which resists doing Your will. I give You my pride and self-dependence, which tell me I can do Your will in my own power if I try hard enough. I give You my fears, which tell me I'll never be able to do Your will in some areas of life. I consent to let You energize me... to create within me, moment by moment, both the desire and the power to do Your will.
I give You my body and each of its members... my entire inner being: my mind, my emotional life, my will... my loved ones... my hopes for marriage... my abilities and gifts... my strengths and weaknesses... my health... my status (high and low)... my possessions... my past, my present, and my future... when and how I'll go Home.
I'm here to love You, to obey You, to glorify You. O my Beloved, may I be a joy to You."

Praise be to God, the One that loves us so dearly and delights to give us His whole heart as He seeks us and pursues us when we try to do life on our own. He is writing such beautiful stories with our lives and weaves them together to make His Heavenly tapestry. Jesus, break into our souls and free us from what keeps us from experiencing all of You!

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