SERVING

 
Here am I,
spend me...
 
   
Almighty God,
You hold all Power and Authority. Everything originates from You, belongs to You, and returns to You. With faith, fully trusting You with every detail of my destiny and the destinies of those I so deeply love, I make myself available.
    
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Father,
I cannot begin to contemplate the splendor of Your awesome Imagination and Your Passion for Your creation. Yet inasmuch as I am capable, within the restrictive boundaries of my humanness, please grant me understanding of Your Thoughts and Ways that I may better serve and honor You. Teach me what You desire for me to know about You, and anoint me to communicate Your Truth to others. Do not permit me to disseminate my human perception, but rather help me lead others to recognize and respond to the authentic Glory of Your awe-inspiring Majesty. May the world desire to know You intimately and not be hindered by my limited and personal perspectives. Let me live in Your Love and for Your Love. For Your Honor alone may I live and breathe and pray.
 
(Inspired by Isaiah 55:8-9)
    
   
Shepherd Savior,
give me a heart that is willing to leave the ninety-nine to seek out the single lost sheep – alone, wandering, desperately searching for love and affirmation – despised, broken, and forgotten, though not by You. Please grant me eyes to recognize them, a heart that discerns both their physical and spiritual needs, feet that run swiftly to comfort them, hands that willingly embrace them though they be covered with stench and grime, a tongue that speaks words of encouragement, and a gentleness tempered with tenacity that leads them safely into Your Presence. Let me be as a human shield that stands ready to protect them from the potential destruction desired against them by the enemy of our souls. May my life and breath be spent for this and for Your eternal Glory…
    
   
Father God,
You designed all people in Your glorious likeness and remain forever faithful to pour out Your amazing Love and excellent provision upon all You have created. Help me to be diligent in protecting the helpless victims of satan’s vicious schemes. As You are near to those who suffer physical, verbal, and spiritual abuse, please expose their needs to me that I may labor with You to bind up the brokenhearted, feed the hungry, rescue the lost and the perishing, and to set the captives free. Let this be the focus of all my life’s ambitions. For Your Glory Alone, may I forever live...
    
   
He who has pity on the poor
lends to the Lord,
and He will pay back what he has given.
Proverbs 19:17 NKJV
 
Father,
grant us eyes to recognize the needs of others and ears to hear their cries for help. When material resources are required, quicken us to be faithful and responsive for we cannot give them anything that does not truly belong to You. But may our charities not overlook the poor in spirit, even when they may seem as our enemies – those who need a simple word of encouragement or prayer. Bind them to every beat of our hearts as they are bound to Yours. In partnership with You, we pray…
    
   
Father,
please fill this vessel that I am with Your most tender Love that I may be spilled out into a lost and hurting world.


Father,
I have walked in complacent satisfaction, safe within Your holy Light while so many struggle deep within the darkness of this present age. I have not always reached out in prayer and ministry to snatch them from the cruel and unyielding grip of the enemy of our souls. Move me into faith-filled action. Strategically position me deep within the fields wherein they have wandered. Use me to bring Your lost sheep back to the fold, Father. Use me to bring them home so that You may delight in their presence, love, and praise. For Your honor and glory alone, I plead…
    
   
Father,
we ask that You daily renew our passion for worship, intercession, and service. As we draw near to You, we come with repentant hearts that our sins and our personal agendas not eclipse the Light You desire to shine within us and through us. We desire to be completely spent for Your Purposes, and not our own that we might bring You pleasure as servants of The Living God. Our only desire is to see You honored and exalted, and for this cause we pray and we live…
    

 
Awesome Lord,
I long to smell like You and to faithfully bear Your fragrance into every place You lead me. May it overpower the stench of the enemy, satan, causing others to long to see Your Glory, taste Your Goodness, desire Your Love and Presence, recognize the sound of Your Voice, and touch the Hem of Your Garment that they might find healing in Your spectacular Name. I praise You, holy God who always leads us in victory in Christ Jesus.
 
(Inspired by 2 Corinthians 2:14)
 

   
O Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world - I am not worthy to be Your slave. Thank You for the Baptisms of the Holy Spirit and of Fire. I long to be Your disciple - to follow closely wherever You are. I desperately desire to touch the hearts of vast multitudes in Your Name and for Your glory that they might know and follow You also - and that they might introduce even greater multitudes to You - that these too might love and follow You. May Your Kingdom explode with expansion here on Earth, that You may be highly exalted in the hearts of all humanity as You are in the highest of Your Heavens.
 
(Inspired by John 1:17-51)
    
   
Father,
help me to be very careful not to make excuses to keep from doing good when it is in my power to make someone else’s life better. When anyone seeks to borrow something or as I recognize a need, I want to be faithful, fully understanding that You orchestrate circumstances to test my heart, and the resources I claim as my own truly belong to You. Move me to release them according to Your Plans and Purposes. I do not want to delay in responding, but rather exercise diligence and selflessness, taking action in every possible circumstance. And while I cannot meet the physical demands of all that move me, may I be faithful in prayerful intercession and thereby participate in needed ministry to many others. Keep my heart steadfast that I might always remember that Your Gifts are Priceless, Precious, and Free and that the Gift of Jesus - Perfect and Most Wonderful – was a Heart-rending Expression of Your Grace and Generosity. Everyone who crosses my path has been placed there by You for a reason – and for testing. I long to be found faithful.
 
(Inspired by Proverbs 3:27-28)
 
(The evening after writing this: a woman approached me in a parking lot – her mother had had a stroke. She needed gas money to get to the hospital to see her. Week of December 8, 2003)
    

Angeles Temple
Los Angeles Dream Center

   
Father Lord,
please reign over every decision that I make. May I feel Your Presence and the quickening of Your Holy Spirit as I walk through the course of each day, for every choice bears many consequences. Help me to control the spending of the resources You give me. May each transaction not be selfishly squandered that I may lavishly bless those who are less fortunate than I, or that I may more faithfully contribute to Your activities – ministries within my church or around the world. I want desperately to be a wise steward.
As I confront the issue of how to spend the moments of each day may I be quick to remember that my time here is very brief, and once spent, a minute can never be recaptured and relived. May I be faithfully moved to invest in my experience with You and the people around me so that my life is not wasted on that which is worthless.
No material obsession can satisfy my greatest human need nor can it be carried with me when I die. May I see every aspect of my life as a ministry opportunity, and so guide my decisions according to Your design and desire for my life. May my choices honor and bless You, my Father, my Savior, my Friend...
    
      
Father in Heaven,
You assign each person’s labors for the purpose of Your Kingdom’s expansion. Fill me with an all-consuming passion to complete the mission for which I was created. As I work, may others see You and You alone. May I not get in the way - blocking their vision or personal experience with You. May I decrease, as You increase. May they hear Your Voice above my own and know that You are faithful and true. May I be filled with joy over the success of others. And Lord God, thank You for every opportunity to serve and glorify You.
    
   
O God,
You are The Word, ever-present before the beginning of time. There is nothing that exists that You did not create. Our life is in You and sustained by You. From Your Being, Life and Light are granted to all. Your Light pierces through the darkness and the darkness can never diminish Its brilliant intensity. I come as Your servant, a witness to The One True Light. Lord, shine through me so that everyone I encounter might believe and surrender their love before You. As Sara was the mother of nations, so multiply the seed that I sow that vast multitudes will believe and become Your children.
You continue in unfailing, everlasting Love and Faithfulness. I want the world to know the Love of my Father, the Forgiveness of my Savior, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
 
(Inspired by John 1:1-16)
    
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Father God,
please pour the oil of Your holy Love over me so that as I extend my hand to others it may leave an indelible Print on all whom I touch in Your Name.
    
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