Reveal Your Glory in all My Relationships
During my Silent Retreat in May, Psalm 131 became a constant companion and guided me into deep experiences of God’s love and care. In my devotional life I often seek to personalize a significant passage of scripture and then consistently meditate upon it. In the last week I developed a prayer from this psalm which I’m reflecting upon daily. As I do, I am reminded of my childlike dependence upon Jesus and His ever present care of me as His child. As you read this prayer may the Holy Spirit lead you into ever deeper places of childlike trust.
Psalm 131 prayer (Scripture from 1984 NIV).
My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty. I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
I embrace the Way of Humility. I do not believe that my way is the best way. I honor those around me and the way you have created and crafted their lives. I will not compare or compete with my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. I will celebrate how each of us uniquely reveals who you are as we live together in the Trinity.
I give myself to the part you have given me to play: to reveal your glory in all my relationships no matter how brief or minor, to inspire and equip leaders to live deep…from a whole heart…in authentic Biblical community. Teach me how to call out the glory of those I am in relationship with, particularly my family and ministry team, as I seek to cooperate with you in bringing each one of them to the fullness of their part in your Story.
“But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within in me.”
I receive your nurturing love and care as a little child held in the lap of Jesus. In this place I am content and at peace with you and myself. I will not fear harm because I am in the Trinity. I will not come under inordinate pressure to provide, protect, and help others/myself to become all they or I am created to be or to prevent harm to them or me. I repent of believing that to live is to be productive. I choose to believe that to live is to experience and express your love. In the pain or chaos of life I will not choose control to protect myself but will surrender my life to your love, grace and truth as I live from a whole, integrated heart. I embrace the way of suffering, crucifixion and death trusting you for resurrection, life and glory.
“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.”
From the place of childlike trust I put my hope in you, the Trinity, both now and forever. You will guide me, protect me and carry me therefore I do not have to experience low level anxiety. I am at rest in the arms of Jesus who holds me and blesses me. I am part of the bride of Christ that you wash with the water of your word. I am content and dependent. From this place I now arise and engage with strength and love as your son, a man created and redeemed to offer life and growth to my domain.