A Prayer for Better Sight

Father,

Give me your eyes . . .

so that I can see that the person who was cutting people off on the road, might just be a single mom who worked hard all that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

so that I can see that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t make change correctly is just be worried 17-year-old kid who’s trying desperately to find acceptance and love where he has previously only found rejection and ridicule.

so I can see that the man in the dirty and disheveled clothes who’s asking for money isn’t a lazy or worthless person; he’s a slave to addictions that I can only imagine in my worst nightmares.

so I can see that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisle and blocking my way are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

so I can see all the people around me everyday that are hurting and need to know you and your Son so that they can know peace in this life, hope for a better tomorrow, unending joy and the safety found only in your arms.

Father, please give me your eyes so I can see how you see.

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Real Talk With God

During the 21 for 21 challenge I’ve tried to really ramp up my prayer life. Actually, I’ve actually just tried to be more real. I want to move as far away from the routine, canned and mundane prayers and get to a point where every prayer is a genuine, honest conversation.

I came across this video. It’s hilarious and really hits home with me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BisEQzL6geY&w=640&h=390

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A Father’s Prayer

Father God,

I’m humbled by your trust in me. I lack the same confidence that you have shown by trusting me with your precious creations. Each morning I wake up to the sounds of laughter and I hear you in the other room. I wake up to hugs and being tackled on my bed and I feel your love in my children’s arms. I look into their eyes and see their huge smiles and I discover through them the joy of living innocently in your care and protection. Thank you so, so much for them. My gratitude and humility overwhelms my emotions.

I ask now Father, that you will give me the strength to teach my sons to be strong Godly men by being sweet and compassionate and caring towards other people by showering them with love and affection.

Father, please help me to teach my girls to be strong and full of confidence and self-esteem by building them up each day with positive, nurturing and affirming words.

Father, please help me as I teach my boys to honor and value women, to cherish them and place them high on the pedestals that you have reserved especially for them. Father, please remind my girls to watch and play close attention so that they will know to choose a husband who will honor and value and place them on the highest of all pedestals.

Father, I pray for your reminders and gentle correction when I forget that my children don’t care about how much money I make, the size of our home or how nice our car is. Remind me God, that all they really care most about is me and the time that I give them.

Father, I pray for forgiveness and mercy for all the times that I have not been patient with your precious creations. I’m humbled and embarrassed as I consider how patient and understanding you continue to be with me.

Father, please help me to show my children how to be kind and merciful and generous and loving towards everyone that comes into their life. Help me to teach them to live without regret from yesterday, with passion for today and with hope for a greater tomorrow.

Father, most of all, please help me to lead my children towards the cross and to walk courageously in your footsteps, knowing that they are walking innocently in mine.

Amen.

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21 for 21

Yesterday we challenged our congregation to accept the 21 for 21 challenge. That is 21 minutes of prayer a day for 21 consecutive days.

I have often heard that is takes 21 days of something to create a habit. What better habit to have than consistent communication with our Creator and Sustainer? Will you take this challenge and work to create a terrific and rewarding habit?

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21 for 21: Father, I Wonder . . .

Father,

I wonder, what will I say when I see you? How will I respond? What will I do? What do you want me to do? I think I’ll be still. I’m trying to imagine now what my reaction will be. I think I’ll probably just sit there on my knees and smile my real goofy grin. Is it possible that a person can be so happy and so relieved that they literally can’t move? If it’s possible, I think that’s me.

I often daydream about your kingdom that you have prepared for me. You’ve told me about mansions and streets of gold. I know that’s just a metaphor and you really just want me to understand how great it will be. I hope you don’t think less of me, but I want to tell you that it really doesn’t matter what it all looks like. You know, what I’m really looking forward to is just being there with you. I can’t wait to have my wife and my children and hopefully their children and their children’s children all just sit together at your feet as eternity passes by. All of my family, together, there with you. That will be perfect!

As much as I would love to be there with you now, I don’t want to leave my family just yet. There’s still so much I want to get done. There’s still so much that I feel like you want me to get done. I know you’ve put people in my life for a reason, and I’m trying to reach them. I promise I am. And I won’t stop until you say so. I just want you to know that I am trying. Sometimes I get so disappointed because I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. Thank you for allowing me to feel that way. Without some of that disappointment I think my heart would grow hard to the hurt that you have. Thank you for helping to stay sensitive to all the people that you love just as much as me.

I love you. I will talk with you soon. Your loving Son.

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A Prayer of Trust

O Lord, I give my life to you.

I trust in you, my God!

Do not let me be disgraced,

or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.

No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,

but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Show me the right path, O Lord;

point out the road for me to follow.

Lead me by your truth and teach me,

for you are the God who saves me.

All day long I put my hope in you.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,

which you have shown from long ages past.

Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.

Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,

for you are merciful, O Lord.

The Lord is good and does what is right;

he shows the proper path to those who go astray.

He leads the humble in doing right,

teaching them his way.                                                                                             

The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness

all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

For the honor of your name, O Lord,

forgive my many, many sins.

Who are those who fear the Lord?

He will show them the path they should choose.

They will live in prosperity,

and their children will inherit the land.

The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.

He teaches them his covenant.

My eyes are always on the Lord,

for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

Psalms 25:1-15

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