“If you want to draw closer to Father God,” writes Gordon Dalby, “get to know Jesus.”
But, he warns, “sooner or later this path leads to the cross, which means death to your natural desires. You’ll have to give up all hope of ever receiving the love you need from another human being. This means sacrificing at last the idols you’ve made of your ‘loved ones,’ and releasing those persons and those relationships to the Father for his cleansing and renewal.”
Today’s prayer comes from Dalby’s book, “Healing the Masculine Soul.”
Jesus, I thank You for laying Your life so I could come even now to the Father though You.
God, I confess that I have not known You as my Father. And so I have gelt unloved for a long, long time. I need love, Father, and I know now that only You can give it to me.
Forgive me for the times I’ve manipulated, threatened, or coerced other people to give me love – and the times I gave up altogether and just resented them, instead of turning to You.
Jesus, I surrender to You. You are the way, the truth, and the life.
Here I am, Father God, Your broken son.
I need You, Father. Only You.
Pour out Your love on me, Father.
This can be the first step toward letting go of the parent, spouse, child, or friend as an idol or source of saving love. You can release the other person from a false role as your imagined saviour – so you can experience the love of your true Saviour.