Prayer of Celebration

Zephaniah 3:17 (NCV)
17  The LORD your God is with you; the mighty One will save you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in his love; he will sing and be joyful about you.“

Lord God,

I desire to take a joyful and passionate pleasure in you and the glorious nature of your people, Word and world.

Orient my spirit, O Lord, toward worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Let me delight in your never-changing presence that fuels praise and celebration.

Let me keep company with you no matter what happens in this life of mine.

Let me live in a spirit and mentality of abundance and grace rather than scarcity and fear.

Let me love and experience your glory and presence as the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Let me rejoice always in you as you have chosen to rejoice in me by your grace.

Help me to appreciate and enjoy every good and perfect gift that comes from your hand.

Lift me to live out the joy of this salvation you have given by cultivating a spirit of gladness.

Never let me be ashamed to celebrate my love for you before all men.

Guard me from taking myself to seriously and taking your watch care for granted.

Impart to me that sense of freedom from the addiction this world has to criticism and negativity.

Bless me as I celebrate those holy traditions that celebrate your birth, death and resurrection.  AMEN

Having prayed this prayer…

Identify and pursue those life and faith activities that give you pure joy and revel in them before the Lord.

Let that celebration of you be free from any fear and let me rejoice in you as did my forefathers by time spent with one another, sharing meals, working, serving, worshipping, laughing, listening to and making music and even joyful dancing before you if I wish.