A Warrior's Prayer
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God, alone, is the One who stimulates my sight. He, alone, illuminates the dark lies of the enemy. I pray that my opinions, standards and abilities live up to what He requires of me. I ask that He ignite my soul with His knowledge and wisdom.
I thank and praise Him for His deliverance from sin and its consequences for I have placed my total trust and confidence in Jesus Christ. He has preserved me from harm, ruin and loss and I praise His holy name.
This said why should I heed those who threaten danger, pain or harm? Who would I be in fear of and of what should I be anxious? Everything that is good, all my mental, physical and emotional support is dependant on the King of creation. God, alone, is my pillar and in everything I rely on His support and comfort. My capacity to grow or even function is dependant on Him as is my existence. All my vitality, all my vigor and all my energy is supported by the Most High. In what situation should I be fearful or anxious?
In the past when those who are evil and morally wrong, those who directly opposed me and were hostile or those who would be my enemy came against me my God held them in check He caused them to make errors and become unbalanced. Their plans collapsed. In their hatred they were captured and defeated. They were silenced. I know that in the future a similar fate awaits those who would tread on myself or any of Godís saints. Though they would increase in numbers and surround me with their wickedness I know whom I have believed. If this spiritual war, that I find myself in, should escalate my certainty in the Almighty will not falter. In all previous trials He has proven Himself more than adequate as a refuge and protector. Praise His mighty name.
I am more concerned with this strong feeling of wanting, more than anything else, to stand before His throne and hear Him say, ď Well done, good and faithful servant.Ē Beyond this wish my hope is firmly established in three simple areas: One, that I might live with Him for the rest of my existence. Two, that I might observe His magesty. Three, that I may investigate and learn how to worship Him most effectively.
In this temporary duty, that I have been entrusted in, here on earth He will conceal me with the camouflage of His mighty word. Alone in His word is the method of achieving concepts that are not commonly known or recognized by the world. In His word I cannot be moved. In His word I am soft as kisses but also hard as diamonds.
There are none of my enemies that can touch me. Their blows are like feather pillows. I have the high ground in Christ. Since I have come to realize this I cannot cease from praising my God. My sacrifices will be in what I can afford. My joy, my praise, my love will be the things that I value traded for the thing I value most.
Hear my prayer dear Lord and answer them if it be in your will. When my tears flow and danger is round about have compassion and forgiveness for this man who deserves neither. My Father, when your Spirit whispered that I should search and find your grace I did as I was told. When your Spirit gave me a commission I followed that command. Please, Father, never let me get to the point where there is a gulf between us. Donít be angered at my foolishness. Donít renounce me in my pride. Never let your Spirit cease to dwell in your servant. You, alone have improved my soul. You, alone, have saved me from oblivion. You , alone, have been my refuge when I was forsaken by friends and family. It was to You, alone that I turned.
Make the Spiritís word clear to teach me what I need to learn. I want to know your way. I want your leadership. You are my trust. I have only a vague idea of the future my trust is that you will provide. I stand on your promises. I stand on your word. I have enemies who wish my destruction I need your protection. I have those who lie about me and to me. I need your truth. I have those against me who offer only cruel and unusual punishment. I need your grace.
I wouldnít have made it thus far without you. Without those you have sent round about me I would not have survived. You have sent angels , unawares, who have aided me. I sing Your praises daily.
Help me with patience, Father, help me with pride and vain glory. My strength is in you, my future is in you, my heart is in you. AMEN.
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Great Work Stephen!