For several years now, there is a prayer that I have been praying for myself and for others. I often share it at the end of sermons or messages, especially when I am a guest speaker and especially when I am speaking to college students. Over the years, I have shared it at Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Young LIfe College Leadership and other campus fellowships. I have also shared it with my former church and other churches I speak at.
As I have been reflecting on what God is doing in my life, I realized that in many ways He has been answering this prayer — and it has been at times painful and costly. Yet worth every pain and any cost. In answering it, He has been shaping me, sanctifying me and purifying me.
It can be dangerous to pray bold prayers — because sometimes God answers them.
This one, I will keep praying — that it would be true of me… and also increasingly true of you. And I would challenge you to pray it as well… but be careful, the cost is high.
I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed.
I have the Holy Spirit Power.
The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning,
smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions,
mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity,
position, promotions, plaudits, orpopularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised,
regarded, or rewarded.
I now live by presence, learn by faith,
love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My pace is set,
my gait is fast,
my goal is Heaven,
my road is narrow,
myway is rough,
my companions few,
my Guide is reliable,
my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back,
diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
hesitate in the presence of adversity,
negotiate at the table of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity,
or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up
until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up
for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I must go until He returns,
give until I drop,
preach until all know,
and work until He comes.
And when He comes to get His own,
He will have no problem recognizing me.
My banner will be clear for
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel,
because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)
(Adapted from Dr. Bob Moorehead)
Lord, may this be more true of me, your servant, everyday…
For the glory is yours alone, forever and ever…