Friday, March 16, 2007

The Source of my Life

I love scripture prayers. Kelly at A Spacious Place wrote a beautiful prayer using Ephesians 6:10-20. Beth Moore in the introduction to her book Praying God's Word says, "I am utterly convinced that the two major weapons with divine power in our warfare are the Word of God and Spirit-empowered prayer."
This morning in my Life Journal I wrote out a prayer from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31:
"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.
Lord, I was the quiet one, the one that was easily forgotten and searched high and low for real value in this life.
Not many of you were wise by human standards;
Lord, I was referred to as the "nice" one, average, hardly noticed by others.
not many were influential;
Lord, I often wondered if others even remembered my name.
not many were of noble birth.
Lord, I was born to a nineteen year old girl forced to leave her young husband due to substance abuse and facing a very uncertain future
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
Lord, in the world's eyes I know I was thought of as foolish. By their standards I did not have a chance.
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Lord, thank you for choosing me.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
Lord, today I know where my strength and hope comes from. It comes from you and you alone. I do not boast in anything, but only in the blood of Jesus that covers my sin.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Lord, your word says in Psalm 139, "My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.before the foundations of the earth you knew my form and what I would face when you placed me here on earth."
Lord, you are the source of my life. I have been sanctified, made righteous, and redeemed through Christ Jesus. Amen.


Heth said...

That is beautiful Chris.

Deidre said...

I went from 'Kelly's place' to yours. I am encouraged! I'm going now to read this verse. Thanks so much for sharing. This is just beautiful!

Janis Rodgers said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Cyndi said...

I LOVE this. I've been scripture-praying my way through Colossians each day this week... You and Kelly have inspired me to write it down. This really touched me.

Susanne said...

This was beautiful Chris!