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Into the Heart of the Potter

Dear Lord; Happy Thursday, and Happy New Year Father!

To begin the New Year on the right foot Father, yesterday morning I began a new Bible Reading Plan on YouVersion.com called “The Essential Jesus”.  It’s a 100 day reading schedule, focused specifically on the prophecy, teachings, ministry and life of Your Son as written in Scripture.

The first reading covered the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1 through 18; and while the entire passage gave me pause for prayer and reflection more than once, one verse in particular really spoke to me…

“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.” – John 1:10 (NLT)

Ouch.

How many times Lord…

How many times have I rejoiced at something wonderful that’s happened in my life, but neglected to give You the glory…  Or marveled at the beauty of the sun boiling away as it sets behind the trees, yet failed to remember that those colors are fresh from Your divine palette…

If I’m honest with myself Father, I allow the world to captivate my view far more than I recognize the Hand that shaped it.

Therefore Lord, my prayer today is a simple one:

Open my eyes Father; let every image I see and every sound I hear rush You to my heart.  Help me see past the beauty of the pottery, and gaze instead into the heart of the potter.

Lift that earthly veil Lord; help me realize Your presence in every part of my life, and through that divine acknowledgement to love in Your name with abandon…

So that when others observe my life Father, they recognize You in it.

Inhabit me Lord… Come into the world through me…

That in my words and actions Lord, Your presence shines for all to see.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

~Phather Phil

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  • Sharon Gramling

    I have been blessed. I am truly grateful to God I stopped by this site. I’m glad you’ve graced the Christian Bloggers community, sir. Your humility is an example to us all, and I praise Abba for His clear hand of gentle guidance in your life. Holy Spirit’s work in you is evident and heartwarming. Thanks for posting. :0)

    • http://www.phatherphil.org Phil D. Malmstrom

      Thank you Sharon, and welcome! I’ve enjoyed browsing the posts in the Google+ community as well. Have a Blessed Day!

  • Jenifer

    Beautifully said, Phil.

    • http://www.phatherphil.org Phil D. Malmstrom

      Thank you Jenifer! :-)

  • fisherman greg

    Awesome prayer Phii! Thanks!
    Greg

    • http://www.phatherphil.org Phil D. Malmstrom

      Thank you Greg, and thanks for visiting as well!

  • Lisa

    How many times have I been more enamored by the created rather than the Creator? I’m challenged by your words to see God’s Hand in both the blessings and the trials. I want people to see Him when they look at me.
    Beautifully said Phil!
    Many blessings!

    • http://www.phatherphil.org Phil D. Malmstrom

      Amen Lisa!! It’s so easy to allow our limited perception to cloud His presence in our lives… May we all see with refreshed eyes and a new perspective!

  • http://www.healthyspirituality.org Jean Wise

    I am always blessed reading your words, Phil.

    • http://www.phatherphil.org Phil D. Malmstrom

      As I am when I visit your site Jean… Thank you!

  • Pam

    Praying this heartfelt prayer with you, Phil.

    • http://www.phatherphil.org Phil D. Malmstrom

      Thank you Pam!!

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