Hunting, Haunting, Irresistible Grace

Here is another prayer from my upcoming book, Praying God’s Word. In this prayer I try to express my gratefulness for God’s grace that hunted me down and saved me.

The Holy Calling

[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began… (2 Timothy 1:9)

Father,

Thank you for calling me! The same voice that spoke the light into existence spoke light into my heart. The same voice that created the universe out of nothing created life in my heart. Your mighty voice called, and my dead heart awoke. You called me out of death and darkness, out of the kingdom of Satan, out of my sinful muck and filth. You spoke and my spiritually dead heart suddenly kick-started into life. You spoke and my ears were opened to hear your glorious voice. You spoke and my blind eyes were suddenly filled with your glory. I bless your name for calling me.

You did not call me because of my impressive array of good works. You did not call me because of my astounding number of gifts or abilities. You did not call me because I was wealthy or influential. You did not call me because I had anything special to offer. Lord, I am delightfully baffled that you called me. I am wonderfully perplexed that you would choose to save a sinner like me. You called me because you wanted me. You called me because of your sovereign, good purpose, and because of your grace. Before time began, you had a purpose for my life, and you will fulfill that purpose.

Thank you for your precious, overwhelming, relentless grace. Grace that pursued me. Grace that hunted me down. Grace that would not let me go. When I lay down to sleep, your grace haunted my dreams. When I awoke I found myself bumping into your grace. It was irresistible, unstoppable, powerful grace. Had your grace not been irresistible, I never would have surrendered. But the more I struggled, the tighter your grace gripped me. I could not escape your wonderful grace. Grace that I did not deserve, yet you lavishly poured out on me. I worship you that you are such a gracious, wonderful, sovereign God. I praise you for calling me. Today let me be overflowing with thanks because of your wonderful grace.

  • C.J. McMurry

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I would write what happened to me in a very similar fashion, but with worse grammar. ;-) Good stuff brother!

  • wander almeida

    Such beautiful prayer! Praise Him!

  • Ray Hileman

    I will be looking for Rasythis book.

  • http://asmallwork.posterous.com Ryan

    Stephen, I like what you’re doing here a lot. In some ways it reminds me of the Valley of Vision prayers (and thus many prayers from the Puritan era)—those cascading, descriptive phrases and the repetition they contain fold their truth into our hearts better than any single declarative sentence could. Keep up the good work, brother!