Lingering (my word this year) with God is a long learning journey for me. Sometimes I do well, other times not so much. This much I know: It’s a two-way conversation. He talks and I (hopefully) listen. And I talk—and He listens. He graciously receives all my requests, but I wonder if He isn’t eagerly waiting to hear some special words from me.
I love to hear words like these from people I care about. So I think God will smile when I say these 7 phrases to Him.
For your love
For salvation through Jesus
That you are always with me
For Your Word—living and written
Even for “this”—what ever is hard in my life
Fill me with your Spirit, Lord.
I can do nothing on my own
But nothing is impossible for You
Comfort, encouragement, courage
Wisdom, oneness, peace
Protection, power, freedom
Have mercy on me.
For all my sin
Yesterday, today, tomorrow
So I can forgive others
Keeping me from temptation
Reminding me that my sin is covered, paid for, buried…
More grace, please.
To love those who aren’t so lovable
To care about what you care about
To treat people as you would treat them
To love with actions, not just words
For courage on the hard days, months, years
I trust You
You are God
You are good
You are always looking to do good to me
You will redeem
You know, you care, you can
My way for Your way
My plans, my schedule
My fears, my disappointments
My needs, my desires
All that I love, hold dear
I love you
Because you loved me first
You told me to love You and everyone
You showed me how to love unconditionally and sacrificially
You draw me with your loving kindness
Because you are utterly lovely and trustworthy
I have other things I say, but these keep me on my knees—even on my face—before Him and open my heart and mind for all He wants to say and do in and through me.
What about you? What do you say to God?
C2017 Judy Douglass