Beauty for Ashes

Friday, January 10, 2014

Prayer of a Martyred Zimbabwe Pastor/ A New Year

"I’m 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’m a disciple of His.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
 I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.
 I now live by faith, lean in his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till he stops me. And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me. . . my banner will be clear!"
-Prayer of a Martyred Zimbabwe Pastor

I love this prayer. It portrays the radical lifestyle a disciple of Jesus lives- completely counter-cultural. It reminds me of Jesus telling us to count the cost of following Him- to take up our cross and die to ourselves.

This new year brings a lot of new: the biggest being a sweet baby girl the Lord has blessed us with coming in May..just a few months away. As I was thinking about new year "resolutions," (we like to call them goals :) I was seeking what He would have for me this year-- my prayer is to focus more on Jesus this year and meditate on scripture each day by reading through the whole Bible over this next year. It's been a goal for a long time and it's time to stop being selfish with my time- when I spend it doing so many other things that don't matter.

The new year also makes me look back on this past year and all that God has done in our lives-- makes me really thankful for where He has taken us and what He has taught us- from mississippi to uganda and all that was in between. Looking forward to this next year and all He has planned.
A few of my favorite moments from 2013:

What is He calling you to this year? I pray I don't miss it.
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

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