Father God, we thank You for another day. Whether it held what we considered good, bad or some of both, we thank You that in Your graciousness You ordained us to live and now be able to lay our heads down to sleep. And most especially we thank You that in all of it and in all things You were there caring for us.
We trust that in Your perfect though often inscrutable way, You will use all things for good in light of eternity. We bow in awe and lay all the burdens we have mistakenly picked up at Your feet in order to revel in these last moments before sleep comes, that You are Supreme. We are saved by Your love as manifested through Your Son Jesus who died that horrific death on the cross for all that we would ever do to offend You. And so You give us the gift of being able to look at our lives from Your perspective (which is the only Truth) – a view from here to eternity.
Death is no longer something to be feared and yet, we do not rush towards it, for You have good, purposeful work every day for us here wherever we are. You ordain to use us exactly as we are as Your hands and feet through which to reveal Yourself to the world – that they might experience Your love one individual at a time; and that they might find their way to a relationship with You through Jesus which will last through eternity.
Death is no longer the end, thus that which threatens the body is no real threat at all. Lord, You have created us, however, to desire to be here living this mortal life for as long as You will allow. Therefore again we pause to thank You for this life, to thank You for Your promise to protect and provide perfectly for those who seek You and Your kingdom, to thank You for giving us purpose through the assignment of the Great Commission where we are privileged to serve as Your ambassadors until the day You call us home to You for heaven.
You gave us Your Son, Jesus, as the example and so we follow Him. Lord, how amazing! You used Jesus in His everyday life; You used Him in service to others; You used Him on easy days and on hard; in pleasant times in fellowship with those close to Him and in suffering all for the cause of eternity with You. Jesus, You are Light of the world! You give us hope for a forever future and purpose now. Holy Spirit – blessed gift from the Father, You guide us when we will listen every moment every day.
And so tonight we lay our heads down to sleep in great, great peace. Oh, Lord, those who do not yet know You cannot understand this peace from You which surpasses all understanding. And yet, by faith we know that no one can stand against us when You are for us. They may be able to hurt the body but they cannot destroy that part of us which is invited to abide in You forever (even as You, Jesus dwell in the Father and the Father in You). We are safe. You are our Refuge, Fortress and Shield. You hide us under the shelter of Your wings and carry us with the promise never to let us go. You heal us from our inner hurts when we let You. You bear our burdens so we don’t have to, invite us to be as children in our faith and tell us there is no need to worry for You are there are You are greater than anything which would ever come against us.
Thank You, that You are. We choose to rest in You for we trust You. You are the One True Living God who saves us from ourselves. You are our hope and our great love. You will never leave us or forsake us and Your love never fails. Tomorrow, we begin again and already ask that You would use us however You desire to accomplish Your purposes in the world. It is such an unspeakable honor and privilege to be Yours forever! May You alone be glorified! In Jesus’ name, Amen
humbly written as spontaneously prayed on September 1, 2012 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2012
NOTE: this is titled a “worshipful” prayer because it asks for nothing, but adores our Lord for who He is. In the process of truly praying in awe of Him, those of us who pray are blessed because by choosing to revel in our God, we are reminded of who He really is, the wonderful blessedness of His Way and the promises He makes to us, which He cannot break, for He is Truth. May our worshipful prayer rise up to Him as sweet incense, as a gift from our hearts which is pleasing to Him. May He bless us by daily writing more the Truth of who He is on our hearts so we can live in the joy, peace and strength which He always has desired for us. God bless you! ~ Elizabethwww.eaglesnestfoundation.org
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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