Abba…I praise You and thank You for Your amazing love and grace and mercy towards us. There is none like You.
You are awesome and magnificent…yet approachable like an Abba/Father.
You are mighty…yet gentle like a Shepherd.
You are firm…yet loving like a beneficent Ruler.
You are beyond really comprehending…yet we have the opportunity to know You intimately.
You are so far above us. Your thoughts are not our thoughts. Your ways are not our ways. Yet, You want what is good for us. Help our thoughts to be in line with Yours. Help us to walk in Your ways. Change our hearts to love You completely…with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths.
Abba, help us to show our love for You by loving our neighbors as ourselves. We want good things for ourselves. Help us to truly want good things for our neighbors. We want to be loved. Help us to truly love our neighbors. We want to be accepted. Help us to truly accept our neighbors.
Who are our neighbors? Abba, I believe it is anyone with which we come in contact, but most especially physical contact. It is not just the person next door…it is also the person in our community, the person in our congregation, the person we know online, the clerk at the store. May we show all people the kindness…the hesed…that we want shown to us by others and that You have shown to us!
Lead us all, please, Abba. Guide us and show us the ancient paths upon which You would have us walk. Show us Your hand in every area of our lives. Open our eyes to see You, our ears to hear You, our hearts to be changed by You. Dwell within us as You desire us to dwell within You.
Give us a hunger and thirst for You, for Your presence, for Your Word. May we never be satisfied with anything but You.