The Prayer of Relinquishment

Sometimes it is best to cease pushing, pressing, and move quickly to trusting God, relinquish my attachment to outcomes, instead of the process of Grace. I read about this prayer from Jean Wise’s instructive blog – here it is:

A Prayer of Relinquishment

Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you.

May your will be my delight today.

May your way have perfect sway in me.

May your love be the pattern of my living.

I surrender to you

my hopes,

my dreams,

my ambitions.

Do with them what you will, when you will, as you will.

I place into your loving care

my family,

my friends,

my future.

Care for them with a care that I can never give.

I release into your hands

my need to control,

my craving for status,

my fear of obscurity.

Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish your

kingdom on earth.

For Jesus’ sake,

Amen.

Richard Foster – From his book, titled Prayers of the Heart

From Jean Wise’s original post here

Prayer word cloud for Moore, Oklahoma

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Sometimes, in prayer, it helps for me to focus on specific words…I copied the text of prayers said today at a prayer service (taking out personal identifiers such as names and locations). I pasted them into a word cloud generator website called Wordle. The word cloud above is what was rendered by Wordle

…what is very interesting and comforting to me is that usually Wordle renders word clouds in big blobs but this one looks to me like a person’s outline and the word “Lord” was rendered by Wordle at the top left and slightly higher…

http://www.wordle.net/delete?index=6745713&d=COHS

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This Weekend~December 28~Share Comfort

During this last weekend of 2012, may I ask you to do something? May I asked you to please give an extra special touch of comfort and peace to those who have lost a loved one this year, or in the past?

The holidays are so often a time of family gatherings and special memories, in addition to being a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior. It is a time of love and sharing. It is a time that brings fresh thoughts of those we love and dearly miss. It is a time that can leave some people feeling so lonely. Although, during Christmas, you may have supported a loved one who is grieving, there is a palpable letdown during this “in between” week.

Would you pray that the hurting, the grieving, and the lonely will feel God’s presence in their lives and the presence of the ones they are grieving in a real way? Perhaps they will hear a familiar song, or see a reminder, or hear similar words their loved one used to speak, or find a cherished momento. I recently was able to talk about my grandmother and her college days at Berkeley to a new friend who had not heard these stories. I felt my grandma right there with me, gently admonishing me to talk about something more important than her “little life”!

I pray that you will be God’s messenger and will fill that place in the hearts of those who are grieving with His peace and presence.

And while I am asking, would you pray for special grace and healing that only God can provide? Would you pray that memories will be sweet and precious and that any guilt in the minds of those who are grieving will be gone?

You may be just the one  to be there to encourage and bring cheer to any who are alone, and to one another.

Together, under His wings, we make it! With thanks and gratitude~

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Monday Words for the Soul~August 27

Back to School


Dear God, today I lift up all teachers to you. I pray for your anointing upon their lives, their work, their ministry. I pray you will give them wisdom, knowledge, guidance, patience, love, protection, understanding, insight and everything they need to be a positive life-changing influence upon those they teach. I pray you will keep them safe from all harm and evil. I pray you will bring to their minds the lessons and information they need to teach and the ability and skills to do what is good, right, and best in every situation. I pray that each one will not see their profession and standing as just a job, but as an opportunity to make a difference in lives and show your love to others. May they be salt and light in this world. May they rely on your strength and grace each and every day to accomplish that which you would have them do. Bless them, father, as your servants and children. And may they be a blessing to others with whom they work and teach. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen. A Prayer by Os Hillman for teachers~

Would you pray for a teacher today (and slow down in crosswalks?)

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A Word from The Sponsor~May 20

Today’s verse arrives gently from my Double Portion file. About a year ago, I began collecting Double Portion Bible verses: verses with the same chapter and verse. Looking for these verses kept me on my toes while reading the Bible or devotionals. This practice for me, echoes Elisaha’s words to Elijah in 2 Kings 2:2. First Elisha said he would never leave Elijah and then in verse 9 he accepts the inevitable departure of Elijah and says, “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit”

This is what I need. And this is my prayer for you too.
Today Romans 12:12 is an anchor of Double Portion Blessings:

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,  faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Do you have a favorite Double Portion verse? It would be stupendous if you would share it in a Comment here!

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

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From the book Every Thought Captive by Jerusha Clark, page 64

A Prayer for Our Veterans

A Prayer for Our Veterans

Eternal and Loving God, we are so thankful for the men and women that You have raised up to serve our country with honor, dignity and commitment in the past and present, in war time and times of peace, in combat or on the home front.

We remember them today and ask You to bless them in the sacrifices they have made to give of themselves for the cause of freedom. We ask You to surround them and their families with your love and protection as many continue to serve on the front lines.

In their times of loneliness and despair, we ask You to be their unseen hand that will lift them up to see a brighter day. We remember those who have lost their lives in service, and we applaud their selfless acts as well as their families that released them to serve. As You have blessed this nation as the land of the free and the home of the brave, we extend this blessing to every branch of our military, and ask that your continued strength and power be with us in the days ahead.

Believing that You are willing and able to hear and answer, we ask in Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer Changes Things

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A Second Week of Prayers~ A Prayer for My Identity

Continuing to center a second week on prayer postings.

God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.
~E.M. Bounds

Dear God, Here I am, in awe of Your tremendous love and power. I too am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from Your love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (based on Romans 8:38-39). My identity is not in my job, my profession, nor any other thing, but in You. I am convinced that no matter what happens, I am a precious human being in Your sight and Your love, grace, and mercy will always sustain me. Thank you so much. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Source: Prime Time with God

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A Second Week of Prayer~A Prayer to Listen

God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.
~E.M. Bounds

A Prayer for Listening

As I sit in quiet surrounded by Your blessings, please teach me how to “be still.” Please let me breathe deeply into stillness. I know You are God, please teach me the “be still” part. As I stop my monologues to You this day, may a sit in stillness and listen for Your still and reassuring voice. Please let me recognize your voice, above the noise of life. Please let me be as the sheep Jesus described in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Second Week of Prayers~A Prayer for Security

Continuing to center a second week on prayer postings.

God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.
~E.M. Bounds

Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift of this day! Your word in James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Lord, I need wisdom, divine wisdom from You to
fully live out Your instruction in Proverbs 3:5-6 which says to trust You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.”
I need to feel secure, Lord and I confess that in pursuing the comfort of worldly security that I have put my trust in people, jobs, thought patterns, and strategies that may not always be from You.

I pledge to remember, Lord that my security comes from You. I claim the promise from You in Jeremiah 33:6, that You “will bring health and healing to it; {You} will heal {your} people and let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”

There, just as You have said it Lord~~~security~~~. I thank you that my security rests with You.

In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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A 2nd Week of Prayer~A Prayer for Timing

God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the
better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil. ~E.M. Bounds

“I know God has a special place for you in mind and will reveal it when the time is right.  Until then, keep your chin up and your knees down in prayer. Much love! Sissy”

Dear Lord,

Thank You, Father, for knowing
my needs and for leading me every day. In my world of microwaves and instant
messages, may I trust in You and Your timing. With You, everything happens at
exactly the right time, without rushing, delay, or forcing.

You are Jehovah Jirah-our God
Who Provides. May I release my resistance, yield to your divine timing, and
claim your promise  in Jeremiah 29:11~ “For I know the plans I have for you…plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Help me to trust in Thy will be done instead of My Will be done.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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A 2nd Week of Prayer~A Prayer for Revealing

Continuing to center a second week on prayer postings.

God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.
~E.M. Bounds

Identity – Create – Hidden – Workmanship

Daily Prayables describes four springboard words for prayer:

Identity ~
“I am God’s child, created in His image.”

Create~
Ask God to multiply the work of your hands and to be fruitful. Not only does God create your identity, but He gives
you the gift to create, every single day.

Hidden~
Search for yourself and your purpose through prayer and reflection.

Workmanship~
The beauty of God’s creation! You are a masterpiece. Your unique life is poetic in God’s sight. God writes it and you walk it out. Rejoice in the day God has made.

prayer for today

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Saturday Digest~October 22

This week has been centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Today: A Prayer for Reassurance

God, thank You for Your comforting promise that
You will never leave nor forsake me. In times like today, I need that assurance.
You are my Rock and my Salvation. I trust You, even when I feel like I cannot
trust anyone else. I look up to You, because I know You will always be there for
me, even if the whole world forsakes me. Thank You, so much, for Your love and
dependability. You are awesome! With love and appreciation in my heart,
in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source: Prime Time With God

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A Week of Prayers~A Prayer for Release and Receiving

This week has been centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Today: A Prayer for Release and Receiving

Father,
Help me release.
Lay Your hands over my fists.
Teach my fingers to
relax,
to uncurl and spread wide,
letting my resentment fall away,
and
leaving my palms open to receive
Your waiting blessings.
~Abigail Wurdeman

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~October 20

For awhile, some Thursdays will provide a Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Story

This week has been centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Bishop Julius Oyet believes God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that he can ask or think, because of the power of prayer. In 2003, Bishop Julius Oyet felt led by God to lead “Operation Gideon” in northern Uganda against a cult in northern Uganda. For seventeen years the LRA destroyed millions of innocent lives, wrecked the economy, and left thousands of homesteads burned. Almost 80% of the northern Uganda region’s population was displaced.

Through “Operation Gideon” teams of twenty-two people conducted onsite prayer vigils with pastors and leaders. These actions required the protection of the nation’s army to go into these dangerous areas. Bishop Oyet’s story is documented in a video entitled, The Unconventional War.

As a result of these actions, a great turning point in the war took place. Many of the LRA leaders surrendered and gave their lives to Jesus Christ.

A Week of Prayers: For A Marriage in Trouble

This week has been centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Today: A Prayer for a Marriage in Trouble

Give me the courage to break down the barriers, learn the truth, repair the damage, to rebuild.
I lift up this relationship to You to bless. Give me discernment and strength to separate myself from the past. I release this
burden to You, the architect of my future. In keeping with your Word, “We pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus… Philippians 4:19.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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A Week of Prayers: A Prayer when frustrated with others

This week has been centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our
hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Today: A Prayer When Frustrated with Others

Dear God, Thank you for having a purpose for my life and for telling me what Your expectations are through the Bible. I know You must be disappointed with me many times, when I fail to meet Your expectations of me. I can identify with that from a human standpoint. When I expect a family member to be responsible and to do something that they do not do, or when they make wrong choices in life, I am very disappointed. Sometimes I feel frustrated or angry and other times heartbroken. Help me to be kind-hearted and long-suffering with them, like You are with me. Guide me to handle those disappointments with integrity; to remain quiet when I should and to speak up when I should. Please give me the thoughts, words, and actions You want me to have. And God, please forgive me for disappointing You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Source: Prime Time With God

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A Week of Prayers: A Prayer While Waiting

This week will be centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our
hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Today: A Prayer While Waiting

God, I have heard that you are never late, seldom early, but always on time. When I think back through the experiences of my life, I can see the truth in that statement. Thank you for always being on time. Thank you for the lessons you have taught me through waiting, through suffering, through the storms and valleys and for your faithfulness always. Thank you for the rays of sun that peaked through the clouds in the way of a praying spirit and helping hand from other Christians.  Thank you for the sun that shone brightly after the storms and cloudy days, and for your son who is my sun and shield, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you had always been on my time schedule, I wouldn’t have learned much in life, so I am thankful that you are always on time according to your schedule. I praise you for who you are and all you’ve done. May I be found worthy in your sight through the blood of the Savior. In His name I pray, amen

Source: Prime Time With God

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For this Fall: Little Slips of Letting Go

“But, a beautiful thing happens when you’re stripped bare in the loving presence of Jesus. He wraps His healing comfort around your heart and He does it by bringing out the truth of what’s happened.  He speaks the fear that you feel and says –I was there. I understand. I still love you.” Autumn Song, Faith Barista

Maybe that is the still, small voice that calls me to Be still and know. As Fall begins and I rake leaves, I wonder what old patterns, toxic thoughts, people, expectations, and beliefs I need to rake away and discard. What should go and what should rest?

What is no longer needed is shed with ease – no struggle.

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In the Fall of 2009, I wrote down on tiny slips of paper the things, the people, the toxic thoughts I would relinquish.

I burned them and placed the ashes in the flower bed where, in the spring, I planted Lantanas. One Lantana stubbornly refused to be slayed by record winters and summers. It continued to bud that spring.

And it returned and budded again just last week.

Last fall, during a rainstorm, I tossed tiny slips of paper into the foamy waves at a Malibu beach.The waves brought the slip with one person’s name on it back to the shore. That night, the person from the slip sent a message to me.

Some people, places and things we think we need to let go, but Because of Grace they are washed and returned back to our shore.

Then, as now, my prayer is to have the courage of Falling apart in God’s arms through friends and loved ones.

What must you resist releasing? It is best not to release Hope, because hope often must wait in the dark caverns of winter for a rebirth in Spring. Hope and Good always necessitate long waiting.

What are you willing to dig deep and plant again?

What are you holding on to that you are willing to release, creating breathing room for expansion and growth?

Are there more questions than leaves already fallen?

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A Prayer Prior to Letting Go:

God of Grace, please put the people and places in my life that you desire, and take out those you do not. Please guide me to know what to release, what to shed. Please show me, help me know in my spirit, if there are any “rights” I need to relinquish that may be hindering my freedom to experience Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Related Post by Jeri Taira, God’s Dream For Me, The Letting Go

 

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