Thanks for reading my blog. I write prayers, poems, and stories that come from my heart and are designed to connect with yours in order to draw us closer to God. My prayers are written in the first person with much thought and consideration of where you may find yourself in life. I want you to be able to pray these prayers authentically from your heart adjusting them to fit the details of your life. God bless you as you seek to know Him intimately.
“The Chaplain of Glasgow prison once found a young woman eighteen or
nineteen standing in her cell with her hymn-book in her hand. ‘She looked up,
and, holding it out, said to me, ‘This is a “hymn which I’m much ta’en up wi’.’
I read the first two lines, and found my eyes filling with tears as I
looked at her and said, ‘Are you weary of wandering from your God?’
“The answer was ‘Yes, indeed I am.’ Thereupon I had the great privilege
of dealing with an anxious soul.
we not only sang the hymn, but I preached specially to weary wanderers.
The following day an old man grasped my hand as I entered his cell, and in
an earnest and solemn voice said, ‘When the great day comes there will be
found a soul among the redeemed, brought there through that hymn we sang yesterday,
for,’he continued, ‘when you read
out, ‘Weary of wandering from my God,’ I said, ‘That’s me. I’m weary, and
I’m ready to return,’ and,” he added, “come back to my God I have.”’
Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
My Precious Heavenly Father,
I think You should have given us an 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not speculate." Perhaps you have already done so, when Jesus forbade worry.
I am a capable strategic planner. I gravitate toward vision, mission, strategic planning, and implementation. I understand assessment, evaluation, and further planning. I have lived the endless cycle. But the same skills that help me to plan strategically may contribute to fear and worry. Complications, shortfalls, and the possibility of failed strategic plans demand contingencies. Contingencies are often based upon fear.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: "Whatever weaknesses, miscalculations, and guilt there is in what precedes facts, God is in the facts themselves" (Letters and Papers from Prison, p. 103).
All too often, I find myself in the weaknesses, miscalculations, guilt, and fear of failure. I have even attempted to sanctify speculations and fears that You have no desire to sanctify. I have lived in the fear of contingency planning, when You are calling me to live in the day to day reality of what is with a simple faith and trust that You will take care of me.
So, I plan for an unknown future, all the while, recognizing that things will change. I cannot see the future. I only know that You do. You are already there.
Hoag, Rodin, and Willmer (The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes) describe a Kingdom ethic of strategic planning. "Prayerful strategic planning is a process of faith that is filled, led, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, where we as ministry leaders seek together to hear God's voice and discern His will regarding the future in a way that enables us to pursue kingdom outcomes with organizational passion (unity of vision) and Christ-like excellence (obediently offering our very best)" (2014, p. 65).
Lord, take me past the futility of speculation that is often based in factless fears. Lead me into the truth of scripture through the leadership of Your Holy Spirit that I may face the future with poise, passion, and a plan that is birthed in Your Father-heart.
In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Hebrews 11: 1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Precious Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
I am utterly dependent upon You. You have called me to the faith life. I have answered with obedience. Life with You has proved safe and dangerous, protected and risky--simultaneously. You have shown me incredible miracles of answered prayer.
Some would call my faith life reckless. They would push me toward a dependence upon material safety that defies faith. That safety is defined by words like "sustainability" and "security." I recognize within me a desire for safety. That desire for safety wants to see. It would seem to defy the very faith life to which You have called me. Temptation draws me to measure success with things I can count. That safety would place my trust in money and material things rather than You. I am tempted from the faith life to the sight life. I am tempted to look for loopholes that appear more secure. I am tempted to build bridges of retreat.
A.W. Tozer wrote: "The man of pseudo faith will fight for his verbal creed but refuse flatly to allow himself to get into a predicament where his future must depend on that creed being true. He always provides himself with secondary ways of escape so he will have a way out if the roof caves in."
I don't know how to live this life of faith as I ought. My creed calls me to faith. But I find myself repeatedly attempting to construct safety nets and escape routes if faith fails! Incredulously, I profess surrender to the faith life, but all too often, You prick my conscience that I am living by sight, not faith. The Apostle Paul reminds us "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). Paul Chilcote prayed: "Give me enough to provide for myself and my family, but save me from the temptation to think I need more. Help me to realize how easily I can be led astray by worldly riches and how quickly they can take over my heart. It is very easy, indeed, for my possessions to own me, and for me to lose track of my most important love." (Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit, p. 89).
Help me to be a responsible leader. Birth vision and direction in the faith life, not apart from it. Professional criteria demand strategic plans, operational plans, budgets, fundraising goals, marketing efforts, and the energy and industry to carry them out. Birth these in the faith life. Keep me filled with Your Holy Spirit. Empower me to lead from a heart and mind filled with faith in You.
I burn bridges of retreat. I abandon backup plans. I cast myself utterly upon You. The faith life is my life. You are my life.
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,