At church we are working our way through a series called ‘Cultivate’ (which is brilliant, by the way). Yesterday we were looking at the idea of cultivating promises in our lives and how promises are foundational in all relationships, including the relationship between God and his people. We regularly have a ‘prayer event’ during our services which reflects a particular issue or theme. This is the prayer I wrote/struggled with for 3 days for the prayer on the theme of promises.
God of life, your unflinching promises are our safe place and our certainty.
They twist and turn in and through our lives.
The promise of grace, of life, of light, beauty and clarity surprise us around hidden corners, shed light in the dark places and sing glorious lullaby’s over us.
When all is uncertain and the sky is dark, your promises oh God are solid and unquestionable.
For you oh God, are the great Promise Keeper.
You have chosen to bind yourself to us in covenant and in love.
And there is nothing fickle or feeble about your word or your hands. We can trust you.
Teach us to be like you. To follow your ways. To only speak when we have grace and truth to give, to give our promises with open, gentle hands, acknowledging their great fragility and cost. Teach us that words have great meaning and power, that they contain all that is life giving and all that is life deceiving in them.
You have blessed us with a life brimming with your promises that never fail and never give up. They see through the sin and circumstance and declare life over us.
We are humbled by your endless song of promise.
We are overflowing with thanks and joy that we are bound to you.
We choose to fill our hands with gratitude and grace and lift them towards you in worship.
We adore you God, the great Promise Keeper.
We choose to honour you and your promises today.