Prayer Wednesdays: You alone are good

Dear Heavenly Father,

You make all things new. In you alone is life, light, peace, and all things good. And yet you give these things to us to share in -- life, light, peace, goodness; what a gift! You are a good Father, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love, and patient. Your mercies are new everyday, and I stand in awe of you. I, who am created in your image to look like my Father, am in awe of that relationship with you. I pray two things for my life: that the name of the Lord Jesus may be glorified in me and that the Word of the Lord may go forth as a light to the nations.

Forgive my many sins, those things that break your heart. With each passing day may my sins decrease until the day I see you face to face and they are completely gone.

I know you are with us and have brought my family to this place. May we draw so much closer to you and simultaneously draw closer to one another. Protect us from bodily harm and from spiritual attacks. You alone are good and your mercies they fail not.

I submit to you. Conform me to your likeness, and give me ears to listen to your voice.

In your precious, most Holy Name, my Father and Savior Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Prayer Wednesdays: A bountiful treasure

I love writing down my prayers. For me, writing prayers is a devotional experience. Starting on Wednesdays, I'd like to share portions of some of these prayers. My prayers, like everything else I write, do not carry the authority of Scripture. My words must always be tested and approved. However, I hope that through this form of devotional writing, that it will minister to your souls in ways that my other writings do not. And perhaps these prayers will draw you into a time of prayer as well. To the glory of God. Amen. 

"Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Heavenly Father,

I open your Word, and it is like a treasure chest or treasure room filled with countless precious things. It is beyond rich, food that satisfies my soul. I never go hungry or in want when in your Word. Everywhere I turn I gaze upon treasure. My eyes are round and big, and I cannot get enough. Unlike the treasures of the world that have the power to destroy man, your treasure brings life. Your treasure doesn't rust or disappear with age. Your treasure doesn't produce greed or envy. Rather, your treasure is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Many may think we are poor, but they don't know we are rich! You are so good to give us treasure that we do not deserve. Your Word is that treasure. We cannot know you apart from your Word. Your Word is life. Your Word tells us -- proclaims to us -- your salvation! The more I'm in your treasure getting to know you better, the more I want to stay. Keep me in your Word. Embolden me to share your treasure with others. Help me to proclaim the good news to the poor, both physically and spiritually. Help me to protect those who are in the path of those who want to exploit the treasure for evil and false purposes. May I be corrected and rebuked by your Word when necessary but also encouraged and strengthened by your Word always. May your treasure continue to go forth into this world, unhindered, revealing truth where there is falsehood. And may others find the richness of faith in Jesus Christ through your holy Word.

Amen.