Thoughts on Prayer

When we look through the window of prayer, we see God. True prayer begins and ends with Him... otherwise our conversations are one-sided -- just a hopeful dream or a fragile wish. But when we talk to God Himself, we can find great comfort and strength in His character and His reputation.

God, You are
Awesome & Almighty, Beautiful, Counselor, Deliverer, Eternal, Friend, Great & Good, Holy, Immortal, Just, King of kings, Lord of lords, Mighty, Near, Overcomer, Provider, Redeemer, Savior,Truth, Unchanging, Victorious, Wonderful & Wise, and Zealous.

Lord, as I begin to see You more clearly,
I want to live in Your Presence,
always in the process of being reshaped and recreated by you.

As we look through thewindow, we see a reflection of ourselves. We see the smudges that blur our vision. When we confess our sins, we realize that we are more sinful than we ever imagined, and yet - through Christ - we are more loved and accepted than we could ever dare hope.

Lord, as I begin to see myself more clearly.
I realize that I have disobeyed you time and time again.
I have shifted the blame to others.
I have defended myself unjustly.
I have turned my eyes away from You and
I have made other people and things my idols.

But I come once again to the Cross of Jesus
where my guilt and my shame are removed.
Clear away the spots and stains, the blurred outlook,
and everything that keeps me from seeing Jesus clearly.
Help me to fix my eyes upon Him,
focusing on His goodness, His love, His righteousness.

As we continue to look through the window of prayer, we see the beautiful things that God has done and continues to do. We give thanks.

Thank you for your salvation,
your mercies and all of your gifts
Thank you for being faithful even when we are faithless.
Thank you for loving us even when we are unlovable.
Thank you for not giving us the punishment that we deserve
and for giving us the grace and mercy that we do not deserve.
Thank you for our blessings --
for our daily bread,
for the beauty of the world,
the joy of relationships,
your peace that passes all understanding, and
the hope of an eternity with you.

As we continue to look through the window, we hear the cries and see thereflections of those who are standing along side of us...asking us to intercede for them. If we're not careful, we can become overwhelmed with their requests, but as we keep looking through the glass, we see JESUS... our Intercessor who lives to intercede for us! (Hebrews 7:25)

As we look around, we see a broken, hurting world
that only you can fix.
We are desperate for your intervention.
Without you, we can do nothing.
Without you, we are hopelessly lost.
Jesus, you alone are the Savior.
You have come to bring us life and love and joy and hope.
We want your concerns to be our concerns,
your desires to be our desires,
and your will to be our will.
We want to surrender these needs and requests to You
and trust that you will accomplish Your perfect plan
in your way and in your time
for your glory.

"We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love." (1 Corinthians 13:12-13 - from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.

Teach us, Lord, to trust steadily in You,
to hope in Your promises unswervingly, and
to love You and others extravagantly. AMEN.