A Pastor’s Prayer

Thank you, Jesus, for this church you’ve given me to serve.

It’s not my words that matter, but Yours.
Give me Your words, Lord, that I may share them with the people.

It’s not my songs that matter, but Yours.
Give me Your songs, Lord, that I may teach them to the people.

It’s not my ideas that matter, but Yours.
Give me Your ideas, Lord, that I may steward them for the people.

It’s not my voice that matters, but Yours.
O God, give me Your voice so that when I speak or sing for the people, they are not drawn to me, but to You, because they are not my people.

They are yours.

Amen.

Be Strengthened

A prayer for you today…

May you be given power today, power from the Creator who spoke the stars into being.
Let Him speak into your life.

May you be given strength today, strength from the God who holds the universe together.
Let Him hold up your heart.

May you have endurance and patience with others, and may you be filled with joy as you remember how much endurance and patience God has with you.

May you give thanks to the Father today as you remember how the blood of Jesus makes you worthy to be called God’s Child.

May you rejoice today that Jesus delivered you from the darkness of sin and brought you into the light of forgiveness.  Receive His forgiveness.

May you remember that since you didn’t deserve any of these gifts, you can’t un-deserve them any more, either, and nothing can take them away.

–(amen)–

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11-14)

The “Achievable” Exchange

To the young and the young-at-heart:

It is a sad and subtle thing to exchange big dreams for achievable goals, and to do so often results in a life that finds its hope and answers in list-based follow-through, rather than life-giving faith.

Beware the shrinking of your horizons and do not too quickly surrender the half-wild fire of youthful ideals for the tame coals of premature age.

O God, protect us from surrendering to the ideal of safe options, and keep us recklessly dependent on Your provision ’til the end.

The Prayer of a Leader

If I am a leader, how should I pray?

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.'”
– Luke 22:25-27

The true leader’s prayer of thanks is not, “Thank You for these people to lead,” but rather, “Thank you for these people to serve.”

Indeed, the heart and essence of Christian leadership is Christ-like service, which places the good of the others above our own need for fulfillment and control.

–( selah )–

Have you discovered any special prayers that help you? Share them in the comments below!

Prayer as a Warrior for the Kingdom

We do not lost heart.

We do not fail.  We do not falter.

We do not back down or back up, but advance and conquer the darkness with the light of love.

We are warriors of the Kingdom and servants of the King.  Chosen and adopted, born again to an everlasting life and destiny, and resolute in this, our cry:

Jesus is Lord,
He is building His Kingdom,
and we will advance it with Him.

AMEN.

 

Prayer for Legacy

[NOTE: My grandfather, J. Bryan “Breezy” Brasington entered eternity on 3/13/11.  His life was spent glorifying Jesus, and his death did the same.  This prayer was written the day of his memorial, after the service.]

Oh the gravity of it all!

What a life, what a love, what a Savior, what a charge and legacy.

O God, make me a servant like him, fruitful and faithful to the last; joyous and peaceful ’till the end.

What a need, what a darkness in our world, and only Your light can defeat it.

Use me, Lord.  O God, use me up and let me burn bright and clear for You, like Papito did…

…and still does.

Scripture Notes: Numbers 9

“…Whenever the cloud lifted…the people of Israel would follow it…so they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them to do through Moses.” -Numbers 9:15-23 (selected)

What a great picture of the Christian life, as we follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting and listen to the authorities in Christ that God has given us.

Indeed, the Christian life is one of LISTENING and FOLLOWING, HEARING and DOING, responding both to the leading of the Spirit and the leaders of the Church.

Father, settle my heart so I can hear your Spirit, and settle my pride so I can follow your servants.

Scripture Notes: Numbers 7

“But he gave none of the wagons or oxen to the Kohathite division, since they were required to carry the sacred objects of the tabernacle on their shoulders.” -Numbers 7:9

God gives His children the things they need to carry out the tasks He has given them.  Often, He will graciously withhold superfluous (“extra”, “unnecessary”) things because they would only get in the way and serve as a distraction from the goal.

Be at peace, O my soul, with the blessings the Lord HAS given you, and do not fret about the ones He hasn’t yet.

Prayer to Look Up

I haven’t looked at the sky all day.

Focused so much on my busyness and the mechanics of my own problems, I forget to focus on what really matters…

Looking up.

Drinking in the beauty of God’s world around me.

Enjoying life by the moment, by the drop.

Lord, help me live carefully, but no so held back that I miss life itself.

Help me simply enjoy the people I’m with, without over-thinking or rushing to move on.

Help me keep my eyes looking up, to You.