Prayer for My Life

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In a general session at Simply Youth Ministry Conference 2013, the speaker, either Jason Ostrander or Rick Lawrence , suggested that we ask God what to pray.  A simple sentence came to mind and I spent the next bit of time just praying a simple prayer.  “Lord, Make me make you #1 in my life.”  I focused on that prayer for the prayer session we had and it has stuck with me for the past month.  I’ve expanded on it based on that weekend’s series based on Walter Bruggeman’s “Spirituality of the Psalms” which breaks the psalms into three categories which go through the three phases of life: Orientation, that is when we are ‘normal’ and going through life with our presuppositions unchallenged and doing well.  Disorientation, where God upsets the apple cart and we start questioning our beliefs, God, life; this can be through tragedy or change in a phase of life.  Finally, reorientation, where God helps us break through the foggy haze of disorientation to a place of new understanding of Him, the world, humanity or ourselves.  The psalm below proceeds through those 3 phases and helps me focus my heart on God and His will for my life.
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Dear Lord,

Make me make you #1 in my life.
Orientation
In the midst of my sane and mundane life,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

Whether at work, church or home I pray,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When all is well in my house and with my spouse,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When good days appear and good friends draw near,
Make me make you #1 in my life.
Disorientation
In the darkest hours of depression and strife,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When I can’t sense you or your providence,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When those near attack and I can’t fight back,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When people fail and warriors wail
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When sleep flees, I fall to my knees;
Make me make you #1 in my life.

Reorientation
In morning’s glory, remembering your story,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When all turns clear and you feel near,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When I count the score and know you more,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When I understand and can take a stand,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

When I feel sound knowing you led me to higher ground,
Make me make you #1 in my life.

 

Make me make you #1 in my life,
Amen.


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