My Father, my God, my Lord. I feel so far away from you even though I know you are near. You are here. Your presence is with me. Yet I long for more closeness. I long to seek you every moment of my life and yet I know I don't all time. I desire to come near, to center my life in you, from you, through you. I need to put you first and seek you. You have told me that when I seek you I will find you when I search for you with all my heart. So here I am, Lord, coming to you, believing in you—despite my fears, doubts, and failures. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer inspired by Jackie M. Johnson, Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times
Father I thank You For all that You've done You gave Your Son freely for me And I praise You for calling me Drawing me near Out of blindness You caused me to see Spirit of life You are God's holy fire You've kindled my heart with Your blaze And I know You're refining me Changing my life And by faith You're revealing Your ways Jesus I need You As Lord of my life I give all I have unto You Lord I want to come Under Your heavenly hand And to praise You in all that I do ~ Steve Stewart pearlie Update 7 Nov 2015: I finally found a YouTube video of this song and have just included it above. Chords are found here .
We have came up with a more complete to-do obedience list, the few of us (but nowhere near complete, you'd agree). 1) Raise our children to know and love God 2) Live a life reflective of God's gift of salvation: be a walking testimony 3) Spread the good news of eternal life 4) Be a person of integrity 5) Preach only the word of God 6) Love recklessly, expecting nothing in return 7) Give generously to those in need 8) Be quick to listen, slow to anger 9) Do everything everyday as an offering to God: be a living sacrifice 10) Fix your attention to God in all you do 11) Live in harmony and love with one another as the body of Christ 12) Sing hymns and spiritual songs, in worship as one body 13) Teach, minister and counsel one another 14) Persevere and pray 15) Meditate on his word day and night: know it, study it, defend it 16) Readily recognise what he wants from us and go do it The next thing I suppose we ought to do is to mark ourselves on how much we do vs. how much we have