Hide And Seek Prayer Of Declaration And Supplication
Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11 Amplified)
And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4:13 Amplified)
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. (1 Corinthians 13:11 Amplified)
Lord, I am fearfully and wonderfully made by Your own hands. I was knitted and fashioned in my mother’s womb to be a beautiful tapestry to display Your image. Every detail of my life…every thread of my tapestry matters to you. In fact, you have numbered the hairs on my head and are aware of each and everyone. You have numbered my minutes, days and hours with great anticipation of all I am and will be. All that I am and do is fully exposed before You without condemnation or shame. I simply give my missteps to You. Forgiveness is my portion: past, present and future.
I am so thankful that you do not treat me harshly or in unkind ways for the world and its ways have no place in You. I am so thankful I do not have to hide my eyes and pretend you do not see or that I am hidden from you. I choose to not walk in denial but boldly before the throne of grace to receive mercy in my times of need no matter how small and insignificant they might seem to be. Simply put, You care about me; therefore, You care about all aspects and concerns in my life. Nothing, and I mean nothing, escapes Your care and willingness to act on my behalf except my refusal to receive what You give me.
Lord, You are making everything in my life new, starting with me as You work from the inside out. I choose to respond to the promptings of your voice by taking the blinders off…by removing my hands from eyes. I choose to see what You see regardless of what it looks like in the natural…regardless of whether the enemy wants me to fear…regardless of what others might say or think, and as a result I am free. I am free to love…free to minister…free to be without any repercussions.
Take my heart…my life…my very soul and search me out to see if there be any wicked way…any “one thing” I need to let go of. Show me the next block in the wall which needs to be removed in order for the wall to fall as Jericho did. There will be no more hide and seek…no more seeking You and then hiding when You come in ways I do not want you to or did not anticipate. I choose to trust in the goodness of who You are no matter what. No more hide and seek for me. I come and stand before You face to face in the place of Amazing Grace.
Lord, I take my hands completely off my face and I will not hide the deep things in my heart and soul. I take off the grave clothes I have used to hide any wounds, bitterness, resentment, wrong beliefs, wrong teaching which you wish to correct or any areas where I do not understand or walk according to grace in my own life or how it relates to others. No matter what evil the enemy has perpetrated in my life, You have the ability and the willingness to work it for my good. I press into You right now. I give You all the water of my life which needs to be changed into wine. I press in with a fearless heart to receive my portion planned for me from the very beginning. I set my face like flint and say I shall not be ashamed, confused, nor shall I be dismayed. Since You are for me, who can be against me?
I am no longer one who collects the ashes of my life, nor do I wallow in them. I give You the ashes of all disappointment, rejection, wrong thinking and believing, betrayal, or apathy. I give You the ashes of abuse no matter what or where they come from be they emotional, spiritual or physical no matter who was responsible for it. Please forgive me, if knowingly or out of ignorance, I have in anyway contributed to creating ashes in the life of another person through attitude, action, deed or lack of action which they might have needed to overcome.
I choose to be one who gives away the very same comfort I receive. I am one who plants seeds of life. I am one who co-labors with the wisdom of God imparted to me in order to bring death to the bad seed and its harvest in my own life. In turn, I become one who is obedient to help do the same in others. I will take the water of my life which is now turned to wine and give it as a healing balm to others. I am a planter of good seeds, new wine and truth. All these things I will give and worth shall come to those who dwell in darkness with eyes covered.
Lord, today is my day. It is my day of determination and steadfast resolve. I choose to use the will and free choice You have given me to choose Your truth over that of the world. I declare myself to be a friend of God and not a slave. Slaves do not know what their master is doing but a friend does. You have called me friend and the truth of Your word is settled in the heavens, on the earth and in my daily living. A true friend loves at all time and is born for adversity. Since this is true of a natural friend, how much more it is and shall always be true of You in my life.
One of the most beautiful truths I know of is the beauty of knowing You were born for my adversity…born for it and died to keep me standing in the midst of it without condemnation forever more. I trust You with every aspect of my life and do give You all the self-tarnishing thoughts, attitudes and actions I have held on to. I hold nothing back for I am loved beyond measure. How awesome it is to know You pursue me with a passionate love. You are not afraid to pursue me when I go into dark and unbelieving places. You are not afraid of my mistakes nor are you surprised. Regardless of what takes place, You just keep pursuing and pursuing and pursuing me until we become one in heart and mind. What a relentless, and passionate love I am subjected to…encompassed by and submerged in. Nothing can compare. I am loved down to the most basic level regardless.
Lord, today I take off any blindfolds. Today I refuse to have any walls of fear of condemnation or rejection between us. I embrace grace. I embrace who I am in you more fully today than I did yesterday. I commit my heart to you on a moment by moment, day by day basis so I may build block upon block in order to go from glory to glory. I am chosen and appointed to set the captives free as I have been freed. I am a bearer of good fruit. I am a friend of God.
As far as this world is concerned, I am hidden, concealed, covered, cloaked, and veiled in You. My concealment…my hiddenness is not by chance, for you chose me and appointed me in a deliberate way. I have been in the grace of Christ before the worlds were formed.
I, like all men, have been reconciled to God though the Cross; but, not all men have chosen the reconciliation You died to give them. I choose to walk in this reconciliation. I choose to walk in the truth of who I am in You…the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. My old life has passed away and now I abide in eternal life with the King of Kings. Eternity does not begin when I arrive in Heaven. All people experience eternity but not all experience it with You. The moment I accepted You as my Savior, my Heaven based eternity began and will continue forever more.
Therefore, I declare I am one who walks by faith and not by sight. Death, Hell and the grave have been robbed of their power in my life and I accept this as a truth to live by on a daily basis. It is not just for the future. It is for now. I will not cover my face or hide the secret things of my heart. They may be kept as a secret from others; but, the Lord sees the heart, so there is no need to hide anything from Him. He died so I could be free and the only way to be truly free is to give Him all things.
Lord, I give you all things. I give you the good, the bad and the ugly. I give you all my indifference and apathy. I give you every offensive, bitter, resentful, angry or prideful place. I give you all pride and selfish-ambition. I humble myself and You shall exalt me in due season according to your plan and purpose.
My mind and heart are set on eternal things and not the temporal, transitory things of this world. I am captivated by the Lord and His great love for me. The Lord is whispering to me…wooing me and I am responding at a greater level with each passing moment. When He knocks on the hidden doors of my heart, I say, “Come in!” My affections are set on Him and things above. I study myself to be approved according to all things He has given me in the Word and through experiencing Him. Grace is given to me, pressed down, shaken together and running over. This same grace I give to others as I point them toward their higher calling in Christ. I am transformed.
Lord, how wonderful to discover the principle of growing in grace. Realizing grace is a place of growth and not a “to do” list sets me free. Freedom to grow makes way for freedom to make mistakes without condemnation. What a beautiful thing Your grace is. It is living…breathing and full of life…Your life. How astonishing to know every moment has a morning; therefore, mercy is forever new. It does not just come with the literal dawn of a new day though it is new every morning. Every beat of Your heart makes way for more grace…more mercy…and more love.
I declare I am one who walks in all things new all the time. Old things have passed away and all things are becoming new. Are is a present tense word…an active word. Therefore, all things have become new and continue to become new. This makes me want to shout, for I am not the same today as I was yesterday. I declare the person I am has grown in grace and will continue to grow. As a result of growing in grace, I am growing in purity, love, contentment, and trust. The words of my mouth are lining up with the Word of Your mouth. I am perfect as You are perfect. The Perfected One…The Christ lives in me and I am blessed with favor, goodness, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness. I am blessed with the full character of the Lord. The Lord’s capacity to forgive, accommodate and love people in spite of their deeds is in me. I love and act as He loves and acts.
I declare I am one who is full of elegance, loveliness, beauty, decency, favor, mercy, blessing, thanksgiving…full of dignity, honor and benevolence. I am full of the Lord and all He is. I am free from sin through repentance to God. Not only do I experience grace, but I live in a state of continual grace for the Lord of grace abides in me with great mercy. Grace is even now making way for me to rejoice in the midst of my mistakes…in the middle of my failings. Therefore, I come with eyes wide open. I come without any blindfold or covering of any kind over my face. Instead, I come with eyes wide open to look at Jesus the author and finisher of my faith. I come to love face to face Love in fields of grace. Amen…Read Accompanying Love Letter