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A raw intercession

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Dear Lord Jesus Christ-- You are full of mercy and love, and you amaze me because we are a desperate and sinful people, and yet you don't annihilate us. At least, not yet. And so I pray to you. Grant us mercy--give us time to repent. On behalf of those who serve you, if we have pleased you with our rare and paltry obedience, please go with us into the earth. Convict us. Transform us. Forgive the arrogance and selfishness of us, your name-bearers. We misrepresent who you are to your world. We are stubborn and rebellious. We elevate our own agendas. We hate the lost, and we compete with our brothers, and we call it Christianity. Please forgive our wickedness. Our sin is grievous to you, and it confuses your message of forgiveness to the world. Under the canopy of spiritual election, we have confused freedom with grace, conservatism with purity, and protection with compassion. Your heart must be breaking at the sight of us. We bear your name, and we

Thy Kingdom Come

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Dear King of Kings, You are the ruler of all things and all people, yet you don't wield your authority or intimidate us into doing your will. So I know that I can ask you for help. I need your direction to  prioritize my day in a way that advances your kingdom. This is difficult. Because even the good things I do, I often do because they benefit me. They make me feel better about myself, and they build better relationships with other people, which also benefits me. That's not building your kingdom. It's building mine. Although the process will be uncomfortable, make me selfless. Although it will hurt, teach me to sacrifice my desires. Although serving others will mimic failure, help me to see that true success only occurs in the kingdom of God. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Ah! There it is! A perspective change. Oh, to live life with another kingdom in mind! Lord, help me to be heavenly, even during my earth

Thank You for spring

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Dear Heavenly Father, Lord of Creation, How do You do it? Year after year, spring astounds me. Thank you for the beauty of the flowers, the budding trees, the singing of birds as they flitter through the branches, gathering twigs for their nests. Thank you for creating such incredible details and weaving the world together in a tapestry of majesty. Your love is boundless, and I am awed by You. Amen. image by  Bobby Mikul

Prayer for Monday

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Dear Lord, It's Monday. (But you know that already.) Monday probably doesn't affect your work week one bit, but it has enormous implications for mine. Pressure (I have so much to do). Adrenaline (the fight or flight kind). Discouragement (I'll never get this all done). Despair (I'll never be free of this pressure). Now comes the breathing exercise. Hoo-hoo-hee-hee. Almost like I'm giving birth. That's not what you want for me today. It's not what you've planned. Breathe. I'm going for a walk, and I'm going to give this all back to you, just like I do every Monday. And every Tuesday-Sunday if I choose to live by faith instead of by sight. Oh, God of heaven and earth, Give me your Presence and your peace. I am way too human and way too incapable of performing what you have for me today. I want your will, your way Today and every day. Amen. image by Karen Arnold