Surrendering Our Self-Sufficiency

As a response to my teaching on James 4:13-17 yesterday I led our church family in a prayer inviting us to surrender our patterns of self-sufficiency so we can live more open to God and others. The prayer is taken from a book called Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder. I share it with the hope it may encourage us to freely open our hearts and lives to God.

Drive Me Deep to Face Myself

Lord, grant me your peace;

  for I have made peace

    with what does not give peace.

      and I am afraid.


Drive me deep, now,

  to face myself so I may see

that what I truly need to fear is

    my capacity to deceive

      and willingness to be deceived,

    my loving of things

      and using of people,

    my struggle for power

      and shrinking of soul,

    my addiction to comfort

      and sedation of conscience,

    my readiness to criticize

      and reluctance to create,

    my clamor for privilege

      and silence at injustice,

    my seeking for security

      and forsaking the kingdom.


Lord, grant me your peace,

Instill in me such fear of you,

  as will begin to make me wise,

and such quiet courage

  as will enable me to begin to make

      hope visible,

      forgiving delightful,

      loving contagious,

      faith liberating,

      peace-making joyful,

and myself open and present

  to other people

     and your kingdom.



Fighting for your heart,