Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend a couple of uninterrupted hours with the Lord. His Spirit guided me in this prayer and he compelled me to share it with you. I believe it is not just a prayer for me, but a prayer for all those in our generation who believe.
Friday, July 25, 2014
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” –Acts 20:24
Father, as Paul reflected on his ministry in Asia, I pray I will have the same heart. You are sending me out just as you sent Paul out for no one’s glory but your own. Don’t let me lose sight of the message. Don’t let me lose sight of the life you yourself, my Lord and Creator, my Sustainer and Redeemer, have called me to.
You have given me your wonderful grace – your wonderful kindness and favor falls down on me. Kindness and favor may be the two very best feelings anyone has ever conveyed to me. Kindness draws me near and refreshes me. Favor sends me forward with unstoppable faith.
You yourself have poured out your wonderful kindness and favor on me. You are pouring out your wonderful kindness and favor on me. You will pour out your wonderful kindness and favor on me so I might also demonstrate your kindness and favor toward others.
Lord, make me kind as your kindness shines down on me. Lord, give those whom you declare yours whether today or tomorrow favor in my eyes just as you chose me and have given me favor in your eyes.
You declare that I am yours, so don’t let me shrink back from declaring that you are mine. People will try to make me hide. Don’t let me be silent.
Burn forth from me a mighty flame of kindness and favor. When people look my way may they be blinded by your grace. No longer will they see me, but only the loving kindness and favor you have shown us through your Son.
That is all my life counts for. That is why I am still breathing. That is my purpose: to let your grace fall on me and demonstrate your grace toward others. I exist to receive your kindness and favor, and extend your kindness and favor to others all day, every day, near and far away. Please spend my life for your purpose. Don’t let me get swayed by my selfish ambition and vain conceit.
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
Holy Spirit I feel you burning in my soul. You truly are a devouring fire. You are burning in me in this moment so much it hurts to keep it in. You have a brilliant light shining in my soul you don’t want contained. You want this light to rush forth into the earth to bring passion to dead souls.
So rush forth from me Spirit of the Living God. Breathe life into the souls around me. Don’t ever let me reserve you for myself. Friend or enemy, family or stranger, let your Spirit rush forth from me to extend wonderful kindness and favor to each one.
I am not guaranteed tomorrow. I am not guaranteed tonight. But I am guaranteed forever. I am guaranteed new life. Let me walk in the newness of life not for my sake, but for yours. Save people’s souls solely through you holding me by the hand as we walk through life unashamedly in love with one another.
I don’t know what pain and suffering may await me. I don’t know if I will see those I love dearly again on this side of heaven. But like Paul, there is one thing I do know: “my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
Help me to use this life you have given me and redeemed. Be glorified in every breath. Let all that I am praise your holy name. Help me to fix my eyes on you. Help me to gaze upon your beauty. Help me to finish the work you have assigned me until you call me home.
Don’t let me be defined by others. Consistently remind me of who I am. I am who you say I am. Consistently remind me of why I’m here. I’m here to demonstrate the wonderful kindness and favor I receive from you to others. Don’t let me forget where I’m going. For where you are, there I will be. Don’t let me forget about your overwhelming love, not just for others, but also for me. Don’t let me fall out of love, but only deeper still.
You have publicly declared I’m yours, and I boldly declare you are mine forever. You have my whole heart. Every single portion – everything I am I place in your hands. I am yours Father. Lead me in our life of love together.
To you be the glory, and honor, and praise in my heart and in the hearts whom your Spirit touches through me forever and ever Amen.