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Monday, April 27, 2009

Prayer Journal Entry #29: Never More Than I Can Handle

Dear God, (January 29th, 2008)
First of all, I want to say that I’m sorry for neglecting You for so long. Why do I keep shoving You out of my life when You’re the only One who can help me through this?
Secondly, I want to say that though I don’t know why You’re letting me go through this, I trust You and Your plan for my life. No matter how hard life gets, You will never give me more than I can handle. Life is really hard right now and I’m feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, but You will get me through this. Help me to remember Your promise in Isaiah when I’m tempted to give up the fight: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
Yours Forever,

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Prayer Journal Entry #28: Only ONE LIFE!!!

Dear God, (January 16th, 2008)
How can I use the only life that I have to get other people to stop wasting theirs and start living for You and reaching others with the Gospel? It seems impossible, but that’s the kinds of the things You specialize in.’s so frustrating when people around me don’t seem to realize that life is not meant to be lived for ourselves and our pleasures, but offered up in service and dedication to You.
We only get one life! We can’t afford to waste it! There are people all around us, lost and hurting, and we’re supposed to be reaching them, but instead we sit with our backsides bowed to the leather of the couch and flick channels. I realize, of course, that not all of us are called into ministry, but all of us are called to be Your witnesses wherever we are. So why are we so complacent? Why are we so passionately apathetic about serving You? This ought not to be so.
Father, use me please. In any way that You wish, doing whatever You want me to do. Help me to prepare myself now for whatever it is You have planned for me. I want to be a pliable vessel in Your hands, Father. Shape me into who You want me to be. Take my heart and form it, take my mind, transform it, take my will, conform it, to Yours, O Lord.
Teach me to be more servant-minded like You, Jesus. Help me to be loving, joyful, peaceable, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. I want to become more like You, Abba, each and every day. I love You, Abba.
Yours Forever,

Monday, April 6, 2009

Prayer Journal Entry #27: "I Need You to Change My Heart..."

Dear God, (January 15th, 2008)
Here I am again, after wandering away for a few days. I’m back, wanting to seek You, wanting to be like You. I can’t do it by myself, Father. I need You to change my heart. O Spirit, transform me by the renewing of my mind. Purify me, make me a clean vessel that You can use.
I have so much to get done today, but please help me to not let any of it take priority over my time with You. I want to seek Your kingdom first, God. I want others to be able to see by the way that I live, the way that I spend my time and money that You’re #1 in my life.
My prayer as I start this day is the same as the Psalmist’s in Psalm 19: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." I want everything that I say today to please You. I want everything that I focus my mind on, that I meditate on (or worry about) to please You. I don’t want to spend this day worrying about small, temporary issues when instead, I should be focusing my mind on You and Your Word.
I yield myself to You, O Holy Sprit, transform me today. Make me more and more like You. I want others to see You in me. I want to know You more today, Precious Father. I want to abide in You, that I might bring forth much fruit. I need You, Abba. I love You.
Yours Forever,