We can learn a great deal from the prayers of the saints who have preceded us. This prayer was found among the papers of a young African pastor in Zimbabwe after he was martyred. His legacy continues on through this prayer, may his words reflect the cry of our hearts.
I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up,
slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed.
My present makes sense.
My future is secure.
I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning,
smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions,
mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions,
plaudits, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, or rewarded.
I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer,
and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set.
My gait is fast.
My goal is heaven.
My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few,
but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back,
deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or
hesitate in the presence of the adversary.
I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up,
prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus.
I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.
And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me.
My colors will be clear!
The Apostle Paul encourages us that that we have no need to be ashamed,
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
Associate Pastor – Discipleship. The Church at LifePark
Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University
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