The Prayer That Changed Everything!

"Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. " John 12:24
"Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. " John 12:24

Introduction: The Restless Night

Once again, I find myself looking through past writings. I am so amazed when I realize what has changed with time.

You know, I was almost not born. I would not be writing these words right now without Divine intervention. I faced a lot of death in my life, growing up. One thing that this taught me was that my life must count! I found myself on a journey into the unknown of life beyond that which society offers. I wanted more than a home, a job, and a husband. I wanted to truly live. I didn't know that to find that life, I'd have to die first.

Late in the night, on February 16, 2008, I found myself unable to sleep. I was restless and felt like there was a tug-of-war occurring within me. I found myself unable to pray without weeping, as I just felt like I was in the midst of a massive, enduring storm that seemed like it would never end. I felt compelled to sit down and write. This is the prayer that came out. I prefaced the prayer with a statement that said, "BECAUSE YOU ARE A FAITHFUL GOD WHO HEARS OUR PRAYERS I KNOW THAT THIS PRAYER WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING…GIVE ME PATIENCE TO WAIT UPON YOU…" Little did I know that I would stumble upon this prayer again three years later to find that God did, indeed, answer every aspect of this prayer and has brought me into a freedom unimaginable!. This prayer DID change everything!


"Your Will"

Lord, you created every part of me according to your design. I am made in the image of God. I bear the “imageo dei.” Did you not give me my desires? Do my tears not flow out of the burdens that you have laid upon my heart? Is my frustration and anger towards evil not from your righteous hand? Let me not be self-deceived. If these burdens are from you then I pray that you not only sustain them but even increase them. If my tears flow from a place of deception and imagination then I ask that you stop them immediately and reveal my sin to me. Let me not stumble—let me not trip upon the snares laid out before me by the enemy. You have given me a hunger for your truth. In your Word it is plain, but in the world around me it is distorted. I do not see black and white for I am surrounded by shadows of grey. They lurk around as a smoky screen, trying to hide reality from my eyes. I try to hear your voice, for your sheep know your voice. But it is so noisy in this place. There are so many voices that call out to me for attention—so many appear as truth and logic—yet they are laced with deception and lies. Lord, in the name of Jesus, give me eyes to see! Give me ears to hear! Whatever is not from you please destroy in me right now! If the vision set before my eyes is not yours, then destroy it at once! If the zeal that drives me is not of your power or for your glory then remove it completely! If I am sinking in the sand of self-deception and selfishness then please let me see my sin and give me the gift of repentance that I may turn towards you! I long to be near to you, my God. I thirst for your truth. I cannot live apart from your grace and love. I know that your Word says that nothing can separate me from your love and I believe that to be true. Yet let me not get side-tracked on a path that is not yours. Lead me down the narrow way—even though I may be lonely—I know that you, my God, are with me. Teach me, O Holy Spirit, the way of wisdom. Impart upon me a great measure of faith—that I may believe even though I cannot see. Let me walk in the faith of the Spirit to do the impossible, for with you Lord, nothing is impossible. If you say, “Who shall I send?” I answer to you Lord, “Here am I. I will go.” I ask only that you make clear to me the next step. Where shall I stand and what shall I say? When shall I go and when shall I wait? When shall I speak boldly and when shall I remain silent? I offer myself to you as a living sacrifice upon the altar. I will not walk among the dead anymore as one dead, myself. But I offer myself to you that I may die completely. Kill my flesh, O God. Kill the human will inside. Snuff out the evil in me and the rebellion. I shall lay here and wait to die. And Lord—I pray that you will raise me up, just as you did with Jesus, that I may be a new creation. Let me walk among the dead as one who is living and use me to give life—to offer hope—to love unconditionally—to serve those in need—to be a tangible expression of grace and forgiveness. Let me be your hands and your feet. And Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, protect me from the enemy. Let your shield of protection surround me. Send your angels to stand guard wherever I may go so that the ground I step on will be yours—let me find victory wherever I go, for your sake and for your glory. Use me to initiate change—to be a vessel that by faith moves mountains. Let my eyes not fall upon the evil that surrounds me or upon the sin within myself—let my sight not be consumed with the size of the obstacles that jump out from every corner—let the eyes of my heart be fully focused on you and on you alone. Let me not waver to the left or to the right. Give me patience that I may wait upon you and not run ahead on my own. Give me courage that I may go when you say “go.” Give me the strength to stand boldly for your truth and the grace to lay humbly at the feet of others. All things work together for the good of those who love you according to your purpose. I know that even this time that appears as confusion and chaos is allowed by you for a higher purpose. I trust you in the midst of this storm. Let me not resolve to deal with things in a human way but to depend fully on you for strength and direction. I pray for confirmation of my calling, Lord. Make clear the task before me. I cannot sleep because I keep waking up and talking about what I perceive to be words from you. I hear over and over again, “unity.” I am to focus on people—on relationships—on loving. I am to be an instrument of unity. You prayed, Jesus, for us before you went back to heaven. You prayed that we might be united and that the world would know we are yours by our unity. Yet the only way we can be united is by the Spirit. Therefore I ask that you destroy all the work that has been built by human hands. I ask that you tear down any fruit that has been produced by human flesh and effort. Tear down human efforts so that we may be built up on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and the grace of the cross. Lord—I ask for wisdom and discernment. I ask for protection, for my enemies are the powers of darkness. Apart from you I can do nothing, but with you, my God, all things are possible. I give you my life. Do with me, O Lord, as you will. Let your will, not mine be done. Protect me from holding on—my hands are open and I let go of my life, for if I do not first lay down my life, I will not live. I depend on your to resurrect me. No longer shall I work according to the strength and knowledge of my flesh, but I shall live and move and have by being in you, Jesus, the Spirit of truth. Hold me up—teach me—lead me—empower me—to love you and to love others. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

In the name of Jesus Christ I pray this,

Amen.

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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Awesome what you said in that hub thread did not want to bud in like that , to say this but you speak as I do . It's super interesting , but I have my reserves because I love good people and I am quite sure they are all great people , and I love those involved so hopefully they take your advise of getting along .

You spoke quite straightforward.

Blessings.


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Thank you Sky9106! I want to see people as God sees them and He loves them all. Those that are angry, etc. are probably just hurt underneath since anger is a secondary emotion most times. Beneath anger is usually fear, sadness, or frustration. If we could create a culture of honor here on Hubpages in which people can discuss ideas with an openness to hearing one another--REALLY listening--and if people would hold a bit more loosely unto all they have "figured out" then I think we could learn from one another, even if we still end up disagreeing! Thanks for your comment.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

God Bless You Precious Heart. Wonderful thoughts, and prayers.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

Well written and inspiring. Thanks so much for the uplift, I needed this today. Voted up and beautiful...


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks for your comments avamillicent, stars, and samsons! I'm glad that this prayer blessed you. I appreciate you leaving a comment!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Seek-Find: I was so touched by this prayer thank you. not only does it have it's own personal file with me now, but I have copied it and printed it to take to a prayer meeting tomorrow night to share with others.


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Oh wow Dave Matthews! So exciting to hear that. It's like the first command God gave--to be fruitful and multiply. I was fruitful by letting Holy Spirit lead me as I wrote that prayer and now it can multiply and bless others in the way that it blessed me! Thanks so much for sharing--God is good!


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

Prayer truly changes things,it is direct communication with the Almighty God.


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christinekv 5 years ago from Washington

This is so beautiful - as have all the prayers that I've read which you've shared. It echoes my heart cry! You are serving to inspire me to be more faithful about journaling (I'm inconsistent about doing this). I wish you lived near me - from what I've seen here from you so far, I'm thinking you'd be my favorite prayer partner! Thanks for being such a blessing and thanks to the Lord for connecting us via hubpages!


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

@ christinekv: Thanks again! You are so sweet. I wish I could just travel around for a year or so and write and meet the people that I meet via writing. That would be quite an adventure! I love the divine networking that God does and am also thankful for him connecting me to you. I'll let you know if I ever visit Washington and we can meet for coffee at one of your neat coffee shops and share some stories and prayers. Someday I hope to have the means to travel. Blessings!!!


Minima 5 years ago

Wow! What a wonderful prayer. You have a great heart dear.


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

@Minima: Thank you so much! Appreciate the comment.


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Lady Summerset 4 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

Prayer, for me, has been one of the most challenging aspect of my walk with the Saviour! Not the whisper of prayers, "Lord Bless Me," "Lead Me Today," or "Guide Me." It is those prayers that cause me to anchor down, push pass the pain and distractions that are hard/difficult for me. This prayer blessed me, encouraged me, and caused me to want to push and throw myself unto the Thresing Floor! This hub left me with "More of You, God and Less of Me!" Thank you for your inspiration my dear Sister!


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India

You truly have God's spirit in you, you are anointed and you shall work miracles in our dear Lord, Christ's name.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Wow...what a beautiful prayer!!!

Jenna, I have never read this before, but have been so moved by your prayer that I cannot help myself but to become one of your "fans". From this day forth I shall be known as fan #306.

God's blessings to you and yours.


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

The Prayer That Changed Everything is my favorite Hub...thank you Seek-n-Find for greatly inspiring me.

God’s love is incredible!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY By BERNARD LEVINE

To have a deep hunger for God

and love Him as much as we can

To delight ourselves

in the study of His Word

To put Jesus first in our lives

and worship God with praise and joy

To humble ourselves before His throne

and give to God the highest honor,

respect and glory

Always.

(c) Bernard Levine


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ CJ: Why thank you! I'm honored by your words and that I have another follower. I have to give credit for this prayer to Holy Spirit--I was the vessel but I really feel like He truly inspired these words. He speaks when I take time to listen and don't fear what will come out. :-)

@ Bernard: Wow-thanks! I'm so glad this inspired you. What a lovely poem you've written. :-) Blessings to you!


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Mark Pitts 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Amen, Amen & AMEN to ALL THE WORDS - Thank you Jenna and THANK YOU Lord JESUS Christ - Immaculate †

Me too (like Dave Matthews above) copied, pasted and kept, Amen †

† Isaiah 64 : 4 †

"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."

† Two more Gifts for you sister :

http://www.TheSevenThunders.org/C7-Music/InTheBeau...

http://www.TheSevenThunders.org/C7-Music/MiracleIn...


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ Mark Pitts: Thanks so much for your comment--I didn't see it before! Hope the prayer blessed you.

@ Elijah: Thanks also! I will check out the music--thank you for sharing. :-)


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Powerful. I have had prayers similar to this. The earth-shattering, most intimate times with Dad on High have been some of the best times. I see the humility from your heart and I think that the Lord has blessed you for it. Grace, much grace has been given. We should definitely walk in pleasing him because we love him. God bless, voting up, sharing!


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan

I hear your hearts cry and it is so pure and pleasing to Father God. I can feel your whole heart filled with a longing to know Him and to be used for the purpose He created you for.

Unity - Yes he longs for us to be united as one in Christ Jesus. The enemy seeks to blind us and to steal out joy - but your labor in prayer makes the enemy flee.

This prayer will touch many lives - as it resonates truth and intimacy - and HIS glory shines brightly. He is Lord!

Thank you for sharing this prayer!

God Bless you and Keep you close to His heart. Voted UP +++

Mekenzie


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EyesStraightAhead 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Absolutely Beautiful. Thank you for exposing yourself in this way - being completely vulnerable to this audience. We forget too many times that by bearing our souls, others can find comfort, encouragement, and hope. I believe you have an amazing story. Thank you for being willing to share it with all of us. May God bless and show you His plan for you! I believe it will be a mighty one.


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Seek-n-Find 3 years ago from Illinois Author

@ Kasman, Mekenzie, and EyesStraightAhead: Thank you all for your very kind comments. I really hoped that sharing this prayer would be of encouragement to others and spur them on to bear their heart in prayer, as well. That prayer was such a pivotal point in my life. I'm so thankful that God truly does hear each prayer. The way He answers and His timing is often outside of my field of expectation, but He's always right on time and truly knows what is best.

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