Opening Prayer

Hi, Friends. I’ve just started reading Dallas Willard’s book, “Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23.” Wow.

His words are reminding me of how little I expect from this amazing God. He is a generous God, and I too frequently live in a state of scarcity.

Dallas wrote a poem that begins this book. It spoke right into my heart.

I hope you can find a few minutes to let its message linger in your soul.

Lord Jesus Christ,
We are so thankful to you that you have said,
‘Fear not, little flock,
for it is your Father’s good pleasure
to give you the kingdom.”
We are thankful for the ease with which you walked upon this earth,
the generosity and kindness you showed to people,
the devotion with which you cared for those
who were out of the way and in trouble,
the extent to which you even loved your enemies
and laid down your life for them.
We are so thankful to believe that this is a life for us,
a life without lack, a life of sufficiency.
It’s so clear in you, the sufficiency of your Father
and the fullness of life that was poured through you,
and we’re so thankful that you have promised that same love,
that same life, that same joy, that same power for us.
Lord, slip up on us today.
Get past our defenses, our worries, our concerns.
Gently open our souls, and speak your Word into them.
We believe you want to do it,
and we want for you to do it now.
In your name, amen.

— Dallas Willard
“Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23”
Thomas Nelson, 2018

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