I asked one of our board members, Lisa Leach, to share a prayer she prayed over us at our recent annual meeting.
Abba Father, you are the Creator of the Universe! Your Holy Spirit brooded over the waters at the beginning of Creation; chaos doesn’t faze You but is Your favorite creative medium. And You made US in YOUR image! It boggles our minds.
We are creative because You made us creative. Thank you, God! I pray that this creative time will be a fruitful and healing time for everyone here. I pray that as we “pick up the pieces” and work with our hands, You will be working alongside us, inside us, through us at the same time. We invite you to minister to our hearts and put the pieces of our lives together in ways that bring new joy and wonder. May this time open the way for greater discovery and deeper communion with You.
By faith we cut off anything that would hinder us from entering the fullness of the creativity You have given. Heal any hurts we’ve received that have stymied our creative flow. We ask forgiveness for judging anyone who may have stood in our way or squelched our creative gifts; we release them to you, God. And we thank you for those who have encouraged us in any way or nurtured our spirits; we bless them and ask that You would make us a blessing to others in the same way.
We repent of allowing any of our cultural training to crowd out the gifts You’ve given us. Many times our culture may not have valued our imaginations, our talents, our intuitive sides. We break off lies that may have been passed along to each person here—that we “can’t draw”… or “don’t have any talent”… or we “should be doing something more important”… (and so on). Cleanse our souls and our spirits, Lord, of all those lies. We also break and render null and void any habits or beliefs that we’ve maintained along with those lies. We repent of putting You in a box, God… and then putting ourselves in a box, too.
What we’re doing today IS important. It’s part of the life You gave us—abundant, creative LIFE. We choose LIFE today. Unstop the wells of creativity in us, God…Spring up, O wells! It’s time to come forth! I release each person here from the bondage of perfectionism, striving, having to please people or perform in any way. I release each person here from past disappointments and failures and fears. I break off that spirit of fear and declare Your LOVE over each one here.
Abba Father, we receive Your delight in us today. We declare Your banner of love over us as we venture to try new things. We thank you that we are your children and you’ve called us to be co‐creators with You. Thank you in advance for giving us YOUR heart, YOUR vision, YOUR eyes to see as YOU see. We invite Your Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to be released in this place today. Holy Spirit, come hover over the chaos of our lives—and let there be LIGHT in this place! LIGHT, BE! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
© 2014 Lisa Leach, used by permission.
Lisa Leach, along with her husband Jim and dog Ziggy, directs the SpiritWind Center in Stonington, Connecticut. Lisa is a gifted collage artist, author, teacher, and workshop leader.