A new year’s prayer

Here is my prayer for our movement on this first day of the year:

Your face O Lord we will seek.

Our deepest desire is not family or ministry or growth or mission or community.  We want You. Whatever we do, may it be the result of this experiment: What happens when communities of Jesus-followers set apart their lives to seeking the face of the living God? The outgrowth of that, then, is to seek the lost, the least, and a true expression of Church. But this is our ultimate dream: to engage in lives and mission defined by their pursuit of You Yourself, so that it is so very clear that you are glorious. This is first. You are our first love. And it is precisely our first love which orders all the others.

So we pray for harvest, innovation, leadership, health, provision, protection, creativity, unity, boldness, resources, gifts of the Spirit, empowered communication, incredible times of worship, amazing Bible studies, divine appointments, expanded vision, physical strength, open doors, great management…

But what we most want is You.

To know You. To be found in You. To do what we do – not out of an achiever need to accomplish, not out of an American need to compete, not because it’s what everybody else is doing – or because nobody else has done it yet … We long for a movement characterized by You. Not just business principles, hard work, ingenuity, and natural talent.  We don’t need another good church.  Or another missional movement.  Or another group of natural Christians. We seek You. This is our life.

Save us from the nonsense of “doing our devotions” or some sort of minimum requirement approach to seeking You.  Jesus, our whole lives are Yours and we set them apart to seek Your heart. Remind us who we are.

The promises are magnificent. Our call gets rediscovered while in pursuit.  Vision becomes  sharp in the secret place.  Mission comes alive when our hearts are set on seeking. Leadership goes deep when the leader brings direction birthed from burning in Your presence. Words have authority when the tongue has been silenced in a time of listening. Hope is rekindled, faith is stirred, peace is obtained, promises are embraced, fears are stilled, opposition is exposed. The evidence is astounding: those who make the sacrifice of seeking You inherit promises. May this be a year when we become “imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12)

This is central to our call:  to make people thirsty enough to drink living water and mobilize them once they’ve drunk. For the unregenerate we call this evangelism. But there is another form of evangelism needed for the believer. We get lost too. We fall asleep. We grow dry. We lose our way. We wander from our first love. But this we know: when we seek You we come back to life.

Let there be life.

In the name of Jesus.

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  2. Hallelujah Amen to the one who is worthy and all deserving of our every being. Your prayer echoes my HEART. Last night I was home worshiping and praying with Kyle and this was the very cry…literally, verbalizing to ABBA in desperation that we need Him, we want to know Him, desiring to go deeper and higher in Him. Nothing that we do matters if we are not moved by Him and Him alone. Desiring for Him to be the center of our lives. You know that feeling you get inside like fire shut up within your bones, you want to cry, scream for joy or just flat out pray in the spirit. God has been so GOOD….so FAITHFUL. It only makes sense to go there with Him, wherever He takes us. Thank you for sharing. I am sharpened. Happy New Year to you and your family. We love you so very much! Continue to walk in authority, submission, destiny and purpose.

  3. Thanks for encouraging me to be an instrument of The Lord, just in simply being available to the lost and hurting, the oppressed and poor in this world.

  4. Happy New Year Pasor Mike and & Greenhouse Family! Divine appointments – YES – 3 in the last two days for me, one of my disciples and 1 other strong prayer warrior woman in our MC!!! AMAZING creativity, renewed fire and life are springing forth – Seeking God in the secret place for the last 3 months (With His help and guidance of course)Looking forward to 2014 – EXPECTING as in giving birth – this year is a turning point with our body of Christ and our walk and God given purpose – He is faithful and is raising up our Greenhouse body for Holy-Filled, Overflow Spirit Leading and AMAZING leaps of Faith in HIS ABILITY to Move through our obedience and dedication and love for Him!!!! YES SEEK GOD FIRST – SPEND TIME WITH HIM FIRST IN EACH DAY – the results are ASTOUNDING!!!!!! I love Jesus and God and Holy Spirit so much!!!!!! Just can’t help but tell people about His love for them……..fountain overflowing and loving being used for Kingdom purposes!!!! AMEN!!!!

  5. This very morning I was led by the Holy Spirit to pray a very simiplified version of this prayer. The central thought was, “we want you Lord, this family wants you above all else”. Is God raising up a body of believers in The Greenhouse Church to make this the prayer of their hearts? Oh, happy day, I can’t wait to see what He will do with that.

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