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An Invitation

Dear Lord, as I begin a new day I confess my utter dependence on You

I do not have the strength nor wisdom nor purity of heart to face this day without You

Indeed I am undone, a man of unclean lips who comes from a people of unclean lips

Often more filled with my flesh than with Your Spirit

I pray that my life would be an invitation to You

Because apart from You, I can do nothing

Lord I want to thank You for the abundance of my life

For a loving wife, for beautiful healthy children, for a wonderful family & friends

But I confess Lord that I have yet to love my wife as You loved the church

That I don’t always demonstrate Your character to those I claim to love

I pray that my life would be an invitation to You

Because only You can work all things to the good of those who seek to fulfill Your purpose

Lord I confess that I have stared into the darkness & that at times it has overwhelmed me

That I have battled discouragement from the things that I’ve seen & heard

That I am often afraid of the kind of world that my children are growing up in

That I’ve often overestimated the enemy and underestimated You

I pray that my life would be an invitation to You

Because only “perfect love” casts out fear

Lord I pray for my family, they are a precious gift from You

I have tried to be a spiritual leader, but I have often failed to yield to Your Spirit

I have often tried to serve You and them in my own strength and I’ve fallen woefully short

It is clear to me that I cannot change a heart or even a mind

I pray that my life would be an invitation to You

Because no one comes to You unless You draw them

Lord I thank You for the changes that You’ve brought about in me and my life

I thank You that You didn’t hand me over to my own stubborn pursuits

That Your love has covered the multitude of my sins

But Lord despite Your abundant gifts to me, I have yielded little fruit

I pray that my life would be an invitation to You

Because only You are able to complete the good work You’ve begun in me

Lord I pray that this day would be different from all of the others

That it wouldn’t be about my wants, needs, desires, thoughts…

But that it would be a day lived for You and about You and through You

That every thought would be in subjection to You, that my body would be a living sacrifice

I pray that my life would be an invitation to You

Because You are worthy of my praise – Amen

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Lord, as I rise this morning, I confess that I am in need of the new mercies that You have set aside for me this day

I plead the blood of Jesus over my family and our home

I pray that no evil thing and that no thing in the natural could have its’ way in our home or in our family; that only You, by the power of Your Holy Spirit would have authority over us

Lord I lift up my precious wife to You and I thank You for the gift of her in my life

I pray that You would manifest Your love within me, so that I might love her as You have loved Your church

But Lord I know that no matter how much I love her, I cannot heal the hurts of the past or take away the challenges of today or bring her into the destiny You have for her;

So I pray that You would do the work that only You can do within her heart

Pull back the veil of deception that would try to keep her bound to the things of the past

I pray that You would manifest Yourself to her as the Comforter and the Counselor and the Healer and as the loving Father that You are.

Lord I lift up my beautiful family to You and I thank You for the gift of them in my life

I pray that You would manifest Your strength and gentleness within me, so that I might be the Father and the Son and the Brother that You have called me to be

But Lord I know that no matter how well I serve my family today, it will not keep them from the struggles that this life brings;

So I pray that You would do the work that only You can do in them

Pull back the veil of deception that would try to keep them grounded in the things of this world

I pray that You would go before them, that Your sovereign hand would be upon them and that You would draw them unto Yourself.

Lord I lift up this community, Your church and even this nation to You; I thank You for the freedom and the favor that we have known

I pray that You would manifest Your compassion and grace within me, so that I might love my neighbor as myself

But Lord I know that even if I am a faithful witness of Your goodness, that to those who are perishing, the cross is foolishness.

So I pray that You would do the work that only You can do in them

Pull back the veil of deception that means to keep their souls bound up in our fallen nature

I pray that You take the seeds that have been planted and watered, and bring about the increase that can only come from You.

Lord I come before You and thank You for the abundance of my life

I pray that Your character would be fully manifest within me and that You would somehow be glorified in my life

But Lord I know that my desire to be transformed into Your image is not enough to bring it about;

So I pray that You would come and do the work that only You can do

Pull back the veil of deception that tries to keep me from being the man I was created to be and walking in the inheritance that You died to give me

I pray that You would change my mind, change my heart and complete the good work that You have already begun it me.

In Jesus’ Precious Name – Amen

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