We are kicking off the next semester of our church’s outreach progam. That always makes me think about this whole idea of salvation and how it has been done in the past. The more I think about it the more I think that the old ways are right, but that they don’t take into account the mindset of a generation of people who have grown up in a post-modern world. It is still a logical transaction based approach and that misses something for people who are more about feelings that logic.
A while back I wrote this "sinners" prayer. I just thought I would bring it back out again.
Lord, take all of me and do what you will, lead me wherever you want. Even take my life if you choose because I am tired of running. You are bigger than me. You know more than me. You are the creator of the universe and you know better than I do how to live this life.
On top of all of that you love me and have proven that love on the cross. You have been pursuing me with that Love and offering me life beyond my wildest dreams. I have been trying my best to be the god of my own life, but that hasn’t worked out. I’m sorry for placing myself above you. I see now that you are the one true God and you and you alone are worthy of my praise.
So Lord, I give up. I want to stop running. I want to surrender to you as the one true Lord. I don’t know what all that means, but right now for all that I can see I give my life to you. Lord, I don’t have the strength even to surrender to you. My heart cries out and begs to be the center of attention, but I know that you have the strength to save me from my sin and turn my heart to you. I also know that you love me enough to continue to make me more and more like you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!