A Prayer

Lord,

I wanna know you. Not in the cliché or the rhetoric.

I wanna know your heart. I want to see You.

Lord remove the things that keep me from You! Even if it hurts.

You’re worth it, Jesus.

You’re worth every second of my life! You’re worth it!

May I only praise You the rest of my days.

To gain You is to lose everything.

Yet, to gain You is to gain everything!

I don’t understand You, Father.

I don’t know You, but You know me.

Even when I think I know You, You astonish me again!

Only You are worthy to be lifted up!

May I rejoice only in You!

May I rejoice in the fellowship of Your joy, your salvation, and even Your sufferings.

May I rejoice in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God the Son!

Wash me, oh God! Wash away the stains of walking through mud.

The mud of this world. The filth of my own doing.

Strip it all away, until all I have is You!

Strip away the man-pleasing. Strip away the self-generated ambitions!

Strip away my kingdom, until only Yours remains!

Knock down the walls I have created until only Yours are left standing!

Take them away, brick by brick!

Destroy the pillars I have built in my heart until it collapses.

Do this until all that’s left is You!

Establish Your Kingdom in my heart, mind, body, and soul!

Destroy it all in the name of the Lord!

Sweep the dirt off the paths of my feet!

The very dirt, I myself, have thrown there.

When the wreckage is complete, leave only Yourself.

May the ways of the world flee my mortal soul!

Amen.

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  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed you blog. When reading this pray this came to mind from Psalms 125:1-2:

    Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
    As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the LORD surrounds his people
    both now and forevermore

    You might also enjoy the group Sons of Korah. http://www.sonsofkorah.com. They have put the Psalms to music. Look forward to future postings.

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  2. Beautiful. Free. This poem arouses in me ‘a love of total abandonment’ for the Lord. Let that fountain keep flowing my dear brother. Love you!

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  3. Your words were different than mine, but my brother we have prayed the same prayer, and most likely many times a prayer so similar. How wonderfully beautiful to know we really do share One Heart and One Love. Thank you!

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  4. This is more than words bro, may the longing that was real then remain real now, piece by piece; through the intuition and strength of the beautiful Holy Spirit! I have had this same prayer in different words but through the same Spirit…never allow your natural gifting to take the place of the awesomeness and splendor of the gift and calling of the Holy Spirit, which ONLY comes through patience. I get lost to the reality of Father EVERY TIME I put the cart before the horse, remain true to this prayer brother, as I MUST do the same. I love you in Christ and you are with me often in Spirit. God bless you my true brother in the faith of Christ Jesus our Lord!!

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