As I shared last week, I began writing a series of prayers in the winter of 2018 as I was processing some loss and experiencing a physical challenge. In the middle of that season I spoke at my daughter Ashley’s church’s women’s retreat to a group of wonderful women from college girls to grandmas. On Friday night before the first session I read the prayer below as a way to take us collectively to the throne of grace.
I read it slowly … so each woman could still her heart … imagine herself coming to her Father who loves her … speaking to Him as a loved daughter to her daddy.
Today, for us, this Ever Thine Home community of women spread around the globe, let’s pray this together, slowly, as we start 2019.
Daughters of the King
Lord, we come to You as sisters,
as daughters of King Jesus.
What an honor to be named…Mine,
Your own beloved child.
You know each one of us
but to our detriment we know very little of You.
We come before You today, at the start of this new year,
to invite You to reveal Yourself,
that we may see more of You.
Teach us, teach me Holy Spirit.
Lord, Your plans for us are all uniquely designed, one of a kind.
Unlike the woman next door,
or my friend I admire.
Unlike all the women who have gone before in ages past,
unlike those to come in generations future.
For this one of a kind plan and design for me, I thank You.
You know, Lord, the number of our days,
yet we do not know what tomorrow, this new year, may bring.
This knowledge is in your safekeeping
that we might trust you above our own abilities to control
as we are so prone to do.
For this keeping of my days, I thank You.
Gratefully, Lord, we know some of your eternal majestic character:
You are forever the same,
You are perfect Love and in you all fear is gone.
You are our Rock, the Stability of our times,* our Peace, our Comforter.
For this knowledge of You that centers and secures me, I thank you.
Open my eyes to see you more clearly,
Open my heart to fall in love with you in new ways,
Grant me the grace to trust you implicitly and thereby find
You are always enough.
I welcome you Lord Jesus,
Come teach me of Yourself.
As the new days of 2019 dawn, I encourage you to pray the bolded words of this prayer over and over this week that your heart may stay centered on Him. Jesus told us plainly, “ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7).
Why do you think Jesus gave us this directive with a promise?
Because He longs for us to know Him. He is mysterious only because He is so much greater than our little minds can imagine, not because He wants to be aloof. His desire for a relationship with you, which is always a two-way relationship, was so great He went to the cross for you.
My prayer for you for 2019 is that you will be able to say in twelve months, I have seen Jesus and I know Him more. What a wonder He is! And I invite you to share these prayers with other women that together we may change the lives of those around us because we have been with Jesus!