“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Heavenly Father, God, Creator of all things, you hear me and love me and know my heart. You know me in my innermost being. You made me. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. You created me to be your masterpiece of love and joy. In all the world, in all who have been made and walked the other, there is no one else like me. I am completely unique. Like every star in the sky. Unique and special and made for a purpose. Lord, thank you for making me. Thank you for gifting me with all good gifts. Your love has made me your servant for eternity, but not just to serve you but to be a part of your family, to be an heir to your kingdom along with Jesus. Therefore, Daddy, teach me your ways, show me your path, guide my steps in the right truth of your covenant made with Abraham, so that I can be a part of all that you wanted from me and hoped for me from the beginning of Creation. I marvel, my Lord, at what you have done in me, and at the miracle of who I am and what you have hoped for me from the very start of time itself.
I want to serve you, God. I want to worship you. If all I do is sing your praise then I am satisfied, so long is that is what you ask me to do. I pray Lord that all people, all nations, all kings and princes, all beggars and soldiers, all oppressed and oppressing would know you with the same intimacy that you have given me. The same intimacy that you have given all your children through the divine power of the Holy Spirit. What an incredible gift! To have such intimacy with you! And that is all you have ever wanted from humanity, for each and every one of us, to be your FRIENDS, to be your partners. You chose us all from the very beginning. What joy that is. What peace it provides! How could anyone doubt the truth of your intentions? Because all you have ever wanted is to love us and know us.
In you is no darkness. Not one shadow can exist in the light of your presence. Not one evil thought can endure. Not one evil deed can succeed in your Holy light. So, deliver us from the darkness of this fallen world and from the powers and principalities of this present darkness. This world doesn’t belong to them. We claim it for you once more, Father God. For the sake of your son and for His sacrifice, we lift up Jesus as our King. We are no longer slaves to fear and doubt, to the evil and corruptible things of this world. We stand in your light and are not consumed because you have saved us! You have defeated the enemy!
Give me joy in the battle, Lord. You will rescue me from every evil deed. I will find you in the waiting and know that you are my God and that I am your daughter and a joint heir with Jesus. Jesus has asked for the nations, Lord. Give them to him! Increase your Kingdom! Cleanse this place once and for all.
Give strength to your workers and endurance for the days to come. Darkness thinks it is winning. There is darkness everywhere today, Lord. Darkness on every street corner. In every place. The human condition has been tainted, Lord and all are lost. But you have saved us through your son. You have brought light into the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it, no matter how hard it tries. Help us to hold onto that promise as the days grow dimmer and dimmer around us. Help us to be your light and life. Shine through us, as we allow your Spirit to have dominion over our hearts. Let us all be well equipped to be your light bearers, wherever we go.
I long for your peace, Lord. I long for your rest. Give us endurance. Give us peace and rest. Come Lord Jesus, Come! Return to your people once again. Restore your Kingdom. Amen.