Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Spirit Prayer

Hurricane Irene just went up the East Coast, leaving a witness of the power of wind. Here on the Suncoast of Florida, we didn’t get hit (this time) with the hurricane, but extreme weather is typical of Florida summers, and this week is no exception. Wendy and I have been vacationing at Fisherman’s Village Resort in Punta Gorda, and, just like our home in Sarasota, it’s not at all unusual to experience stagnant humidity, refreshing gusts and torrential storms all in one day.

I love wind. Wind is awesome. You can’t see it, but you can feel it and you can see its effects. In John 3:8, when Jesus spoke about the Spirit he was using the Greek word for “wind”. He said,

"The wind blows where it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
I'm choosing to turn my face into this "wind".  In faith I'm praying for its effects to be seen in my life. Maybe you would join me in this prayer?

Lord Jesus, send your Spirit…

as a gentle breeze across my life, offering me relief from the heat of the “noonday” of life’s struggles. Cause me to thirst for you — to recognize how parched my soul is without you, and to see the many substitutes I drink from that just keep me dehydrated.

as a powerful wind against my life, pushing me off my planned course. Cause me to reexamine my steps, to make sure my footing is secure. Remind me to be ready, that things unseen can make me lose my balance.

as a torrential storm over my life, disrupting my complacency and false dependencies. Cause me to bow in awe at your majesty and power — to run for cover to the shelter of your authority, to the safety of your glory.

as breath itself. Fill my life. Renew my strength. Teach me to inhale deeply of your love, and to exhale it fully into a world so desperate for it. Teach me to breathe in and breathe out as the spiritual rhythm of my life, so that by the witness of my life no one can deny that you, the God I serve, are the God of love.

I have so far to go! Wind of God, I spread out my arms to you! Spirit of Jesus, move me, carry me, refresh my life for your honor.