Prayers Through the Garden

     This worship garden lays out a pattern of prayer that is intended to lead you into a deeper worship and communion with Jesus.  As you pray these prayers, know that they are in no way a limit or boundary for you in prayer, but rather they are to be springboards that will catapult you into a higher walk and communion with the Lord.  He is so much more than this garden could ever express, but it's a good place to start, a place for your journey of discovering who He is to you and who you are to Him.  May your journey take you to heights that have previously been unimaginable and unattainable but in the eyes and the heart of God have always been your portion and destiny.

The Cross

     Thank You for the cross, Lord.  Thank You for all that it stands for and means.   I embrace the cross for the remission of my sins, for the new life that You purchased for me through the shedding of Your blood and through the laying down and death of Yours.  I embrace the canceling and wiping away of the certificate of my debt and all the decrees that were hostile against me, and I acknowledge, embrace and thank You for disarming and dismantling my enemies and for setting me free from their grasp and control.  And now, Lord, I thank You that You are making a public display out of Your victory over my enemies and making me a trophy of Your grace and love.
     Thank You once again for the cross, Lord.  Thank You for all that it cost You to give me a new life.  Help me to always keep the cost before me and keep my flesh and old man nailed to this cross so that my new life and new spirit man can flourish and live.  Help me, Lord, to grow in the power of this resurrected life through knowing You, through knowing and experiencing the cross personally for myself, and through learning and experiencing the blessedness of suffering love, and what love will go through for the saving and life of others.
     I know this grace is only found in You, Jesus, so I give You my life now and ask You to come and live in and through me so that my life, through Your grace, may reflect Yours to this dying world.  Amen

(Col 2:13-15; Gal 2:20; Phil 3:10, Eph 2:8)

The Brazen Altar

     Lord, I surrender to You.  I lay my life down on this altar asking for and receiving forgiveness for my sins.  I desire to live a life, Lord, that is holy and pleasing to You, crucified to the world and separated from it's immoral and selfish ways.  I present my life to You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You, that I would not be conformed to this world but that I would be transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I would know, not only Your good and acceptable will, but that I would know Your divine, predestined and perfect will for my life.
     Take my life and my heart into Your hands now, Lord.  Set me on the potter's wheel and mold me and shape me into Your image.  Make me into that person that You've created me to be, that person that will glorify You, that will be Your instrument of love and grace to a dying world, a vessel of honor to Your name.  Mold and shape my heart to be like Yours, filled with Your Spirit and Your compassion, that finds its motivation in bringing the lost back to the Father's heart.  
     Here I am, Lord.  Take my life and make it brand new, wash me in Your blood and cleanse me from all sin, fill me with Your Spirit and Your resurrecting power and set my course straight on this new beginning and into my divine destiny.  Amen

(Gal 6:14; Rom 12:1,2; Jer 18:4; 2 Tim 2:20,21; 2 Cor 5:17)

The Laver

     Lord, I thank You for the cleansing of the blood, for this new beginning, for Your mercy, Your grace and Your unconditional love.  Thank You for this place that You are cleansing and renewing my mind with Your Word.  Thank You that You have given me Your Word so that I might know Your will, Your purpose and Your divine plan for my life, but mostly that I would have Your mind, thoughts and wisdom so that I would be able to live a life that is blessed, prospering and pleasing to You.
     I receive Your Word, Lord, that is alive and active and sharper than any two edged sword, that has the ability to pierce and divide my soul from my spirit, and that will judge and expose to me the very thoughts and intentions of my heart.  I receive Your Word as Your flashlight into the dark places of my heart to show me thoughts and attitudes that are not pleasing to You and that are detrimental and self-defeating to my destiny and Your purpose in me.
     I commit to daily wash and renew my mind with Your Word, Lord so that I might truly have the mind of Christ. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path, and I trust as I daily seek You through Your Word, that You will lead and guide me and keep me on this path of my destiny and of Your perfect will, and that I will not fall away or lose my focus.  Help me, Lord, to keep this commitment and this hunger for Your Word.  As I walk with You in Your Word and through my life's journey, I pray that You would increase this hunger and passion to know and experience You, and that You would teach me the glory of Your increase as I decrease.  Amen

(Rom 12:1,2; Josh 1:8; Heb 4:12; Ps119:105; Ps 42:1,2; Ps 63: 1-4; Jn 3:30)

The Candlestick

     Lord, I thank You that You are the candlestick in my life, the very light of the world that shines in and through me.  I thank You that You are the light in my darkness, You are where I go when I am lost and lonely, You are the One that brings new light and hope into the hopeless situations and circumstances, You have the answer when I have a question.  I thank You, Jesus, that when I lift my head and my eyes up to You that You fill me with Your light and even change my countenance.  You are the lifter of my head, the strength in my weakness, the hope in my hopelessness, the joy in my despair.  You are the One that gives me beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning. You are the One that turns my mourning into dancing and dances with me on the mountaintops and through the valleys of my challenges and trials.  You, Lord, are all that I need.  You are my sufficiency, and I love You and embrace You for who You are and for all that You've done for me and are doing in me.
     Help me, Lord to be a candlestick and a light to this world.  Help me to shine Your love and grace to others that are in darkness and that need to find their way out.  Help me, Lord, to reflect Your light through my life and through a life that's hidden IN You.  Amen

(Matt 5:14; Ps 121:1; Ps 3:3; Num 6:26; Ps 30:11; 2 Cor 12:9)

The Showbread

     Jesus, You are the showbread, "the bread of life", and the very essence of my life.  Your Word is my bread, my food and my strength.  It's what feeds my spirit man and strengthens him to live a healthy, strong and fruitful life.  
     I thank You for Your Word, Lord, Your bread and Your manna that You give me daily to walk this journey with You.  I thank You that You give me fresh manna for my day.  I thank You that You are teaching me not to live my days on old manna but to receive fresh made bread and manna from You daily.  I thank You that my daily portion feeds me, strengthens me and recharges my battery that keeps the light shining on my path.  Thank You, Lord, that as I eat from Your Word, the bread of my life, that Your Word is planted in me like a seed, and that as I water it through my prayers and meditation, that it begins to germinate and grow, and that it actually begins to produce and manifest the very nature of that Word within me.  I thank You, Lord, that my daily feeding upon Your Word begins to produce Your very life and nature in me, and my life then begins to transform right before everyone's very eyes.
     Thank You, Lord, for this gift of Your Word.  Thank You for being my Showbread, my bread of life.  Help me to always find my satisfaction and fulfillment in You alone.  Amen

(Jn 6:35; Prov 4:22; Deut 8:3; Matt 4:4, Luke 8:11)

The Table of Incense

     Jesus, I thank You that my prayers and worship are as sweet incense going up to Your throne and up through Your nostrils.  I thank You that You hold them as precious and dear to Your heart and that my praise and worship to You makes You smile and fills Your heart with joy.  I thank You, Lord, that You find Your delight in listening to and hearing my voice, and that You never tire from my dependence and need for You.  I thank You, Lord, that as my prayers go up to You that You, too, are praying on my behalf to the Father, that You are making intercession for me.
     Jesus, I thank You that You and the Father find pleasure in my worship and prayers, for You said that the Father is looking for worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.  Lord, let my worship be in the purity of truth and in the passion of the Spirit.  So many times I find that I cannot even express in human words what my heart is feeling for You, Lord.  So I pray that my spirit is able to communicate to You the depth of this love and appreciation I have for You.  I thank You, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit, for His ability to make communication and make intercession together with You for me and for the saints according to Your perfect will when I don't even know how or what to pray.  I pray, Lord, that You would let my prayers and intercession turn into worship and praise as I draw upon You and the precious anointing of Your Holy Spirit.  Amen

(Rev 5:8; Heb 7:25; Jn 4:24; Rom 8:26,27)

The Mercy Seat

     I thank You, Lord, that this place, the mercy seat, represents the very place of Your holy presence, the very place You have chosen to speak to me.  I thank You that this is where I always want to be and to stay - in Your presence.  I thank You that it's in Your presence that I will find fullness of joy and life.  It's in Your presence that peace will abound and I am protected, safe and secure from my enemies and the harshness of the world.
     I thank You, Lord, that You are the God of mercy and compassion, of tenderness and lovingkindness.  I thank You that Your life in me enables me to love and identify with the needs of others, and that You are teaching me about prayer and intercession, that prayer is earth's invitation to heaven's intervention.  I thank You that You are teaching me that as I pray, You respond, and together we co-labor to bring heaven down to earth.  Thank You, Lord, for the gift and privilege of compassionate prayer, for the privilege to partner with You in changing lives and changing this world. Help me to see and respond to the needs of others through prayer and intercession. Help me to carry their needs to Your heart and Your heart to their needs.  Give me a compassionate heart full of love and mercy with hands that can reach out, touch and heal the hurting, the suffering, the sick and the poor. Give me a heart like Yours, Lord.  Let me be like You.  Amen

(Ex 25:22; Ps 16:11; Ps 91, Ps 103:8; Matt 15:32; Matt 18:33; Matt 6:6-15)

The Bridal Chamber

     O Lord, this is the place of Your intimacy, the place right in the center of Your heart that's been reserved just for me.  This is the place that I've longed for, the place of intimate communion with You, but more than that, it's the place that You've longed for.  You've longed to share Your heart with me, to let me lay my head upon Your heart and hear its beating, to learn its rhythm and what causes it to be impassioned or broken.  You've longed to reach this place where You could share and trust me with the strategies of Your heart, to partner and co-labor with me as You move throughout the earth with Your Holy Spirit touching lives.  You've longed for this place, Lord, the bridal chamber of Your heart.
     And now I know my place, Lord, my place as Your bride, my place seated with You at the right hand of the Father, far above all authority and every power and dominion and every name that is named.  I know now, Lord, that together with You, that everything has been put into subjection under my feet, that You have chosen me to rule and reign with You through all eternity, and You have chosen me to be Your bridal partner and helpmate, touching and changing lives here on this earth.
     I give myself totally to You now, Lord, as Your bride, as Your bridal partner and helpmate, to go wherever You go, to do whatever You do, to dance with You on the mountaintops and down into the valleys.  I give You my hands to touch and bless through.  I give You my voice to speak, praise and worship through.  I give You my feet to go into desolate and needy places.  But most of all, Lord, I give You my heart to love and minister through.  Together, Lord, we will do it.  Together, You and me and Your family, the Church, Your Bride and bridal partner - the family of destiny, the people after God's heart, together we will impact this world for Christ. Amen

(Ps 25:14; Amos 3:7; Eph 2:4-6; Eph 1:20-22)

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Terry MacAlmon
"The Magnificant (Holy Is His Name)"
from album:  Instrumental Worship