Bethany’s Prayer

bethany3Jesus,
We honor Your name!
You are Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. You are a strong tower. You are an ever present help in our time of need. You are Emmanuelle, You are with us right now.
Praise Your holy name Jesus!

Precious name, oh how sweet.
Hope of earth and joy of heaven.

Jesus, we need You now. We can cast our care on You because You care for us. We cry out to You because You hear us. We can’t go anywhere else because You alone are our source of peace. We are broken, but You can restore us.

Jesus, we believe You. We do not grieve as those who have no hope. You are the first born from the dead. Your cross has conquered our sin, Your resurrection has conquered our death and Your coming will conquer evil. Right now You command armies of angels. Your strength has no equal. And You are tender, You wipe away tears.

We honor You, we need You, we believe You…
But most of all, we love You!
Our pain will not silence our lips.
Our confusion will not dampen our passion.
We declare to You today: You are the pearl of great price.
You are the altogether lovely one.
You are the Rose of Sharon.
You are the Alpha and the Omega.
You are our Savior and our King.

We love You in life, we will love You in death.
We’ll praise You as long as You lend us breath.
We’ll say when the death dew lies cold on our brow: if ever we love You,
Lord Jesus it’s now.
Amen.
(Given at Bethany’s Memorial Service)

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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