“Awaken Me” ~ A Prayer by Bob Hostetler

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 in Faith | 69 comments

IMG_4973Any fans of Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love out there?  Yeah, me too… this beautiful work of fiction no doubt makes the Top Five of my “all-time favorite books” list.  You may recall the story is based on the book of Hosea in the Bible.  I’m currently reading another book based on Hosea entitled Falling in Love with God by my friend Bob Hostetler.  The content is wonderful, and Bob concludes every chapter with a prayer for us readers to pray.  This morning during my cardio/reading time at the gym, my heart was blessed by Bob’s prayer–so much that I can’t help but share it with you….

“Lord God, my faithful Lover, you have been so good to me, in spite of all my neglect and thoughtlessness.  From my earliest moments of moral awareness, I have chosen my own way instead of yours.  Over and over again in my life, I have wrestled the sovereign’s crown from your head and tried to place it on mine.  Too many times to count, I have failed to give thanks for all your care and kindness to me–worse than that, I have whined and complained like a bratty child rather than acknowledged and appreciated all your beauty and blessing.

Awaken me, God, to your constant care and generosity.  Awaken me to the ways you have stood by me and the numberless times you have withheld judgment and punishment from me.  Awaken me to your redemptive and constructive purposes in anything and everything I have ever seen as suffering in my life.  Awaken me to my deep, fathomless need for your mercy, grace, and love.  Awaken me to all the ways that I am like your wayward people and Hosea’s faithless wife, that I may rise and clasp your outstretched hand.  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Thank you, Bob Hostetler.  Even more–infinitely more–thank You, God.  Please awaken me.

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