Monday, February 20, 2006

My Prayer...

Because He Lives
1. God sent His Son - they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Chorus:
Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

2. How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because Christ lives.
(Chorus)

3. And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory - and I'll know He lives.
(Chorus)
By Bill and Gloria Gaither

Last night I found myself singing this to my little boy. It's a very calming melody, and I had wound him up right before bed. :*) As I sang it to him, I thought very hard about the words I was singing. "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life life is worth the living just because He lives." Are these words true in my life? As I thought about the words, I realized that no; these words are not true in my life. That doesn't mean that I can't sing the song. As I sang the song, I made it a prayer for my life. I want to get up in the morning, ready to face the day, simply because I know that my Savior is alive. I want to be so certain that we are going to get through this trial because He holds the future, no matter what. I want to face my day with strength, not fear, because I know that He has already conquered all that I have to fear.

Today this is my prayer, will you pray it with me?

"Dear Father,
I'm here again, bowing before Your awesome presence. It's been too long since I've truly basked in Your glory, and I ask your forgiveness for that. Father, I want to live my life knowing that You are in control. Please remind throughout the day that no matter what, You have my future in Your hands. Teach me to practice Your presence; replace the fear in my heart with Your love.
Thank You for the sacrifice You made for me. Thank You for the sacrifice You made for my son. And thank You for continuing to draw me to Yourself.
I love you Father; help me to remember.
Amen."

1 comment:

Barb said...

I love that song. It is one I have hung onto for years myself in much the same way you have described here. I think part of God's gift of hymns and songs is somewhat like poetry--to touch our minds and hearts. Sometimes I get an "aha! moment" when I like you realize I don't believe (even though I want to) or haven't experienced the reality of what I am singing in my life. I've even had moments like that while reading the Bible. I realized one day that I wasn't sure I had enough "love of the truth" to make it till I see Jesus face to face. So I made it a prayer and began to expect to love the truth--more than I loved staying in my comfort zone, more than I was afraid of the truth or what impact it could have on my life. I think praying the Word and songs into reality is a part of our earthly warfare and growth in God. Thank you, friend for sharing that.