This calling on our lives — the one for which we were marked, before the foundation of the earth — it is too great for us to bear alone. Without your Spirit of regeneration, we can’t walk in a manner worthy of the call. We can’t be like you, we can’t reflect the glory that is the righteous and holy One.
So make us new by the power of your Spirit. Cause your body to grow up, unified in the Son. Thank you for the grace poured out in your gifts. Make us willing and ready to both receive and give what has been so freely given.
Forgive us for our ignorance, for the hardness of our hearts. We don’t want to be callous to your Spirit. We need to hear your voice. Take these minds that have been darkened, these hearts that yearn for other things, and renew us.
We want to put on the new self in the likeness of God. Create in us your image, a reflection of your glory. Because of your grace we have seen the King. We renounce the works of darkness, the lifting up of ourselves in pride, glorying in the darkness of our exalted shadows. We ask you to forgive us and make us like you.
Come now and fill us to overflowing with praise to the one true God. Open our eyes to see your majesty once again. In every sunrise, in every sun setting over the horizon, let us see you. The heavens declare the glory of the Lord. Open our ears to hear the shout of praise this universe offers to its Creator. Open our mouths to join with the joyful sound.
Push back the encroaching darkness. We need to see you as you are — mighty, holy, righteous, and just in all your ways. Let us take our rightful place, bowing low before the throne of the Almighty. Let these hands you have made play skillfully for you. Let these lives you have given us be offered up to you. Let every breath, every thought, be for your glory.
Don’t let us squander this brief life. Don’t let us choose the wide path that leads to a closed door. But help us walk the narrow way leading to the open door, to life everlasting.
Note: This prayer is an excerpt from my prayer journal, mostly inspired by scripture. If some of the language seems a little antiquated it’s probably because the King James was my version of choice for many years. It was not written with a public audience in mind, but if something speaks to you, by all means, pray with me.
Inspired by Ephesians 4