Heavenly Father,

I’m not coming to You because I want something from You…I just want to be with You, Lord. There is no one else like You. You, together with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit…reign above all. Your power is fearful and ferocious. Who else can call out or tame the mighty winds and raging ocean? Who else can place galaxies into orbit and place them spinning in magnificent patterns throughout centuries? Who else tells a tiny seed when to crack and grow into a mighty oak? Who else can squelch armies and kingdoms and allow earthly authorities to rise and fall? Who else can cause mountains to rise up, erupt and be thrown into the sea? Who else holds the seasons in check and sets boundaries which cannot be crossed? Who else rules supreme over all that is seen and unseen? With all Your power and glory, who else takes time for me? I am nothing in the scheme of things yet I am everything to You! Who else is like You?

Who else holds back on their immeasurable power to show such amazing patience and restraint out of love for us? Who else notices when a tiny sparrow or a faithful pet doggie falls? Who else can knit together a one-of-a-kind human being inside the womb of a mom and invites us to share in creation? Who else loves to share peeks of His glory through incredibly beautiful sunsets and the tiniest of colorful flowers bursting from nowhere? Who else has created so much that we will never be able to discover it all? Who else has all truth and knowledge and wisdom yet delights in sharing it with us- a little at a time as we can bear it? Who else overcomes all darkness, evil and destruction with the unmatchable power of His love?

Who else would show such tender mercy by sending His very own Son Jesus Christ (God with us) to be born, live and die as one of us- yet without sin? Who else would be willing to sacrifice His holy Son for us when we have sinned against You- the very One who gives us life? Who else would freely give us a choice in accepting Your forgiveness or rejecting it? Who else loves us no matter what? Who else desires our little love in return for Your eternal indescribable love?

I want to come to You out of love for You- not for what You can do for me…although I am not ashamed to say I need You. I know You will give me everything I need and desire and much more. Yet, it’s not the blessings or my will that I come to ask You for. I come because of who You are. You have gone to such lengths to be with me. Who else would I go to?

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“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever.”  Psalm 111:2-3

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.”   2 Peter 3:18

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him the glory!” Revelation 19:6b

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, Let me come to You for who You are…

Heavenly Father,

After going through a really hard time leaving me exhausted and weary, I woke up suddenly this morning with my eyes wide open. I found myself singing, “O what a beautiful morning; O what a beautiful day! I’ve got a wonderful feeling…everything is going God’s way!” The joy in my heart, the peace in my spirit, the words of the song don’t make sense in the light of the painful situation and deep wounds of so many people I care so much about. But I’ve been through many battles before and I know that what Satan meant for division, destruction and death will never win out when we trust in You, Lord. You always have the final say and can turn absolutely any hopeless looking situation into something far greater than we could ever hope for!

And You don’t just work in one heart. You love each and every one of us and want the very best for each of us…You work Your miraculous goodness in each and every soul that loves You and waits upon You to do Your awesome work. You use the situation to point out both goodness and darkness; You use the circumstances to strengthen the weak and prune away our pride; You use the trial to prune away the dead and useless parts and bring out strong branches we never knew were there; You use the division to bring about a unity we didn’t know was possible because it is in You. You can take the worst of enemies and turn them into brothers through the love and power of Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing the good that You will create from this hard blow…(pause for real time interruptions)

Well, I didn’t have to wait very long! Even in the midst of this prayer, I was ministered to by my daughter who has become an incredible follower of Jesus. (What a blessing after so many years of praying for her salvation!) Right after that, I got a message from a dear sweet sister-in-Christ caught in the same battle. This quiet person who has needed so much prayer in her own life recently called for us to all gather to pray! I have already witnessed unity, forgiveness and love being birthed from this deep divide…and I know You are far from finished, Lord! That’s why I love You. That’s why You are my most perfect Valentine. You send Your heart dripping with the incredibly powerful blood and love of Jesus Christ!

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“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-8a

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, help me hold fast to You during….

O Lord, my God!

Here I come once again to be alone with You. I am battle-weary. I need some spiritual first aid from You, Lord. There are times it is very evident that this world is not my home. Some days the arguments, misunderstandings, name-calling and lack of love simply wear me down. Sometimes the attacks are not necessarily aimed at me but there are so many arrows flying in all directions that I am caught in the crossfire. I realize I am in enemy territory. Other times the attacks are not towards me personally but are aimed at all those who are called by Your name. It’s hard not to take them personally because I belong to You.

The attacks which probably take me most off-guard are the ones that come through people I love and trust. They blindside me and knock me for a deep blow. My first thought is to put up my defenses and wallow in the pain. Then You help me remember that my enemy is not flesh and blood. You remind me that the true enemy is easily defeated with the name of Jesus Christ. Your love and grace immediately begin to heal the wound that left alone would fester with unforgiveness.

Lord, I am incredibly grateful that I can run to You for shelter and refuge any time anywhere. I’m thankful that Jesus warned us we would have such attacks so we wouldn’t be surprised. I love that You restore my soul and fill me up so I can forgive, pray for and love those who have been instruments in the enemies hand’s. Give me the love of Jesus which prays, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Father, thank You for Your loving shelter where I find all I could ever need. Once again, You’ve restored my soul and now I can go back out into this world ready to share Your love.

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 5:12

“But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, I am wounded. This is who I need You to help me pray for and love…

Heavenly Father,

My 15 month old grandson is teaching me today! He started out crawling up in my lap and just sitting there this morning. After a while, he climbed down and went off exploring. Yet he never got too far away. His little legs wobbled into the kitchen to let me know he was hungry. The cup on the floor signaled me he was finished eating breakfast. Off he ran to discover more! Back he came to check to make sure I was still around! His arms reached up to communicate he needed to be held…or just wanted a view from higher up! Down he wiggled to open a cabinet. Bits of tissue paper, his cup, toys and refrigerator magnets left a trail of mess everywhere he went leaving my neat house in chaos. When he falls down, he glances at me to make sure he’s OK before getting back up. He loves practicing his few little words over and over on me. And I patiently carry on a conversation trying to add a few more words to his tiny vocabulary. He will be busy going here and there all day until he collapses in exhaustion at naptime. He will look around to make certain I’m in his view before he can relax and rest.

In his wandering all over my house, I see his need to trust that I am nearby. He depends on me. He is too little to make his own meals, change his own diapers, or get his own drink. This cute little guy fully realizes his need for me and my loving care for him. He is not afraid as long as he knows I am near. He is learning, discovering and practicing his skills with the security of trusting I will be there for him. There are times I have to guide him away from something he really wants. He may fuss for a bit, but I know it could hurt him. He listens and watches for my guidance. He needs it.

Father, I want to have the same type of child-like faith believing that You are always with me, watching over me, guiding me, correcting me, teaching me. You know what’s best for me and what character You are trying to build in me even when I don’t understand. You will never let me get too far away from You as long as I keep coming back to be in Your presence again and again. You will give me more than I need or could even desire because You love me and want what’s very best for me. Thank You, Lord, for always having an open lap for me to crawl up in and providing so much for me to learn and discover as I wobble through this life. I need You and love You, Lord!

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“Which one of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:9-11

“(Jesus) said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’”  Matthew 18:3-4

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”  1 John 3:1

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, show me how to be Your little child…