Lord help me.
You called me to a life of ministry.
You called me, Jesus, to follow you.
You called me Lord, to serve you.
You called me Jesus,
Light of the world,
to shine your light,
to share your love,
to make disciples,
to proclaim the Gospel
and the truth of Resurrection!
Lord help me!
I love you.
I love your people.
I love sharing the good news
and creating space
for the healing of your Holy Spirit
to bring miracles into marriages
and heal fractures in families,
to create clean hearts,
to heal divisions amongst your people,
to reveal the peace
only your presence can bring.
I love to be used by you
to bring about wholeness, forgiveness, and reconciliation;
to ignite passion in your people;
to see blindness fade and faith grow;
to empower and equip your people so that
together, we change the world and build your kingdom.
Lord help me.
I know I am not alone.
I know you are with me.
I know I am surrounded
by the saints who have gone before me.
I know I am held in covenant
with others who
say yes to you
and this great and wondrous call.
and give me the courage
right now, and each day
to lay aside every weight
and the sin that clings so closely.
Let me lay it down, Lord Jesus, right now.
Lay it down.
All my frustration
at how cumbersome
at how urgently
I want to share the Gospel
and how glacially
your church moves.
I want to do this work and yet,
I am discouraged by all that seems
to hinder and shut out
your Spirit of welcoming embrace.
I am angry, Lord at the obstacles.
I am weary of the entanglements
that feel of this world.
I want accountability and
I accept the charge we have,
and yet Lord, you call us to be released
from the bindings and trappings of this world.
Lead us, Lord.
How do we walk this road at this time?
How do we throw off all the weight and sin that clings so closely?
Help us run with perseverance
the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer
and perfecter of our faith,
who for the sake of the joy
that was set before him endured the cross,
disregarding its shame,
and has taken his seat
at the right hand of the throne of God.
I will run the race with you, Jesus.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
It is the power of God
for the salvation of all who believe.
You are all I need.
I stand with you.
I live to glorify you.
I am called to proclaim the Gospel.
And I will not be deterred.