Article/Prayer... The Secret Place
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There are secret places within our hearts, as well as THE secret place of the Most High. Sometimes, for a chosen few, those two places collide. It only happens, though, when the secret places of the heart are pure. We all need "purification" often. It's an ongoing process that we can so easily ignore, especially if we think we've come so far that we are already purified and that that purification doesn't have to be constant and continual.
The following is my own personal prayer. I wrote it first and then returned to the top of the page to offer you an explanation. I was not going to share it here at FaithWriters. But God subtly let me know that I am not the only person out there who is praying, or needs to pray the same thing... that I should walk in humility, confess before men, and be a witness... that someone may very well need something to provoke them to repentance themselves.
Well, whatever He wants to do with it is okay with me. I, personally, just want Him to hear me. That HE hear me (whether man does or not) is my main concern as this prayer came from a sincere "secret place" and I can trust Him to take care of it for me. Therefore, in humility, I share with you my prayer:
Father, reach into the farthest depths of my heart and cleanse me. Search my deepest places, those hidden even from me, and bring all to Light that I might come to You in humility and sorrowful repentance, in all truth.
Try me. Make my full intentions known to me, whatever they may be, so that I might be completely broken -- the only way I can be truly useful to You.
Let me die to any self gratification that I might find in serving You. Let nothing remain when I serve You except willingness and a humble spirit.
It is hard, God, to let go of these things. But I want to, for pleasing You is my heart's deepest desire. Search me. I want to be completely, utterly cleansed.
Help me find the key that opens that alabaster box I keep selfishly stored away that my life might be nothing more and nothing less than a sweet smelling perfume to You.
Wash me. Renew a right spirit within me. Let Your Word rest in my soul so that nothing else can remain. I know, Lord, where there is Light, darkness cannot remain. Fill me with that Light, Father.
Reveal to me anything in me that is not of You. Let me never serve You with anything but my whole heart. I love You. I don't want to disappoint You with selfish intentions in my servitude.
In total surrender, Father, my heart belongs to You. Shape it, form it, mold it to Your will. Fighting for purpose is tiring, Lord. And it is a fight that does not belong to me.
Manifest Your spoken Word in my life tonight -- that You are faithful to complete the work You started in me by taking me to another step toward that completion. Refine Your creation. Make me broken, but completely whole.
Take me, once more, through the fire that hurts so badly, yet brings sorrowful repentance to the soul, so that there is nothing left but a broken vessel and Your will. I know I am of no use to You as long as my selfish desires remain.
Help me, oh God, to die to self so that you might live fully in me and through me. Let me be totally surrendered to Your will from the time I wake in the morning until I take on a glorified body. Tonight, let me be as a grain of wheat falling to the ground, dying so that I might be fruitful.
Once more, as You have always been so faithful to do, hear my urgent cries. Let them come to You and receive them from my surrendered heart. Give me an answer. Show me great things and secret things that I know not of.
I ache to see You face to face, to leave my self and this world behind. Forgive me, Father, for my selfish and sinful ways and teach me how to walk upright. Keep Your hand always on me. Speak a gentle promise to me that I do not, and will never again walk alone.
Let me live, dwell fully, in the secret places of the Most High. As You have drawn me in with Your love, I plead, I beg of You, draw nigh unto me.
Let me be aware of Your presence and open my heart to receive the cleansing that I need. Let me never leave the shadow of Your wings.
You ARE my fortress, my strong refuge, my source, my strength. Let Your glory shine as a lighthouse for me and lead me safely home to Your arms. It is the only place I want to be, the only place that any good can come of me.
Direct my paths. I am lost in this world without You. Use Your rod and Your staff to guide me into purification. Let me be a good and faithful representative for Your Name's sake. Let me be Your dwelling place for my sake and because You have loved me, despite my selfish ways.
Thank You, Father. Thank You for being the author and finisher of my faith.
© Joyce Pool 06/04
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Jesus asked his disciples once, wherefore do our prayers come from? It is quite obivious that this one came from "the Author and the finisher, of our faith" most of the wording is scriptual, straight from the word!
This was truly a blessing. Thank you for the manner and the strength by which you write. God Bless -