Lord send me!

Father,

I have been in  deep thought over the last few month about the word “commitment”.  You committed your son for me, you committed your word for me, you committed your power for me, and you said to me, commit your life to me, your work to me, and your abilities to me.  What does that mean father?  Does it mean that I spend my time-serving you and your people? Or does that mean that I spend my time titillating my senses?

The  possibility of the great commission has changed because times have changed, technology has changed, and people have changed.  You have never changed.  So, I ask you father to send workers to do the work.  Workers who are dedicated to you and your work and not to self.  Workers who are ready to serve you when it is not even convenient.  Workers who know that you and your work are the most important thing on planet earth and nothing, nothing, takes first place over it except our families.

I pray for your to instill in me the leadership capacity that it takes to lead such a group of dedicated people.  There are millions of people all over the world who do not know Jesus.  The internet gives us an opportunity to reach them.  BUT, there are also millions of American who have bought the I’m OK you are OK mentality of this time.  Who truly think that it is OK to simply go to church and talk the church talk.  Father I don’t want to be a talker of the word, I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and watch while the “GREATS” on television, radio, and in books preach the word.  I want to be a part of the very work for which I was called.

I know that salvation  is not just for me.  For me to grow and become something, learn something, be a bible teacher, etc., it is for me to share you with the world in any way that I can the truth of God’s word.  it is not to do the worldly–warm fuzzy feelings are great, but it won’t be great when the person is sitting at the entrance to the throne of God and he says depart from me I know you not.

Faith without works is dead faith, but works for the sake of forcing faith is even worse.  Lead us father and guide us to the excellence of serving you and yours according to your will and according to your way.  I looked at something online last night and it made me so sad.  How do you change the apathy that exist in how we relate to the work that you have placed before us?  Relation building with THE ONE and for the RIGHT reason.

So, father I still say send me, I have challenges, but what I have that is not challenged is yours to use!  I say this with humility knowing that nothing I do will prosper without your guidance, all I do must be according to your will.

Protest each person who reads this prayer and realizes that they are here to be used for the kingdom.  Protect them from societal influences that will tell them that they need to play the next exciting game, go to the latest movies, experience the latest thing that the media or society has to offer as they “please” themselves.  This world has a huge magnet for the  hole that is inside of us.  But that hole can only be filled with a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

As each person grows in the grace and knowledge of their savior, please show them where to place their time of service, and how to do with the  most impact.

Fill the hearts of each person father with a willingness to go forward with you in total commitment to the work at hand….show each of them how to have an attitude of SEND ME!  In jesus holy and majestic name – amen!

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  1. Writerpro
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 15:31:27

    This has been so on my mind lately. One thing my pastor did say to me in the midst of our conversation was something like this: “This will become how God uses you.” I took it to mean, my mess will be His message to share with others. It’s been very interesting, really, well to me, that when I had my counseling session this Tuesday, I mentioned I’ve completed all the academics to be an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, started the internship, and then because of my immaturity, left the job I had at the time and thus the internship, and went back into teaching. So, I did not complete the required internship.

    She mentioned I am a unique creation made by God to fulfill one purpose NO ONE else is made to do. I’ve been chewing on this wondering where the Lord will lead and what it is He truly wants me to do.

    Admittingly, Joyce, et al, here I am, 53 years old and for the first time in over 20 years I am learning WHO I am in Christ. I’ve lost myself being so dependent on others, living vicariously through them, and losing more and more of whomever God’s created me to be.

    Oh, I have pat answers for those seeking them. I fake so much. I am tired of faking. I am tired of being religious. It’s time for the head knowledge to truly live in my heart. (And, I really don’t know how else to describe what I am trying to write).

    I’ve sinned in that I’ve crammed God’s law down the throats of my kids. I repented of that sin. I’ve righteousized (sp) myself by quoting God Word and “standing” firm on it. Seriously, who am I to thrust these things on others perhaps not open or hungry for God, Himself.

    In this process, I’ve realized how arrogant and proud I must appear to the Lord. God. The One Who is Love. This has been quite a revelation. Massive.

    I’ve quit thrusting God’s Word so blatantly in the faces and eyes of those not wanting to hear of His greatness, mercy, and love. And, instead of saying dip stick stuff like, “I am so weary of non-realness in my church,” I am saying, “Lord, I am sorry for judging others so harshly knowing until this point, I’ve been fake and not willing to be transparent with almost no one.”

    At this point, I long for all the holes and deep dark places inside me to be revealed through the Holy Spirit’s prodding and in His love. I don’t know how to love. I long to know how to do so. I want to give to others, Joyce, but to do so, I need to pick up my bed, go dip in the healing WATERS afforded me in Christ, and walk refreshed and cleansed, FULLY AND COMPLETELY HEALED in my Jesus.

    He promised this to me almost 10 years ago and I stand on His Word. His Living Word as written in Isaiah 61. I’ve quit praying for healing for my family, meaning my childhood family, and have asked the Lord to heal me. I am the sick one. I know I need my Physician, God.

    And, when He says go, Joyce, I am going. I know He will guide and I know He will provide.

    This is a “dissertation” of sorts, but I wanted to let you know where I am understanding in the process, I, too, am fearfully and wonderfully made for one purpose in the remaining years of life God wishes for me. That is to do whatever He calls me to do whenever He calls me to do it. And, this time, I wait for Him and on Him.

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  2. Sherri Rogers
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 21:48:58

    I truly want to do whatever I can for the Lord. I want to serve Him in a mighty way. I am going to pray and ask the Lord to show me how HE would like me to “serve” HIM best!! I love the Lord so much. At this point in my life, I cannot see where/how I can be of any use to the Lord, so i will ask Him to show me.

    I so love coming to this blog; it’s very encouraging and very thought provoking. So….thank you Bernice and Joyce for all that you have written here! Hugs…

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