Great I AM,
You give us a name of seeming ambiguity,
Yet you give us a name of Promise, Hope, and Possibility.
We read and hear about aspects of who you were and what you have done.
Sometimes, in moments of faithfulness we proclaim who You are,
and, unfortunately, in moments of arrogance we expound upon who we think You are or how we think that You should be.
Thank You for times when in moments of doubt and/or faithfulness we can still proclaim that You are.
Other times we feel like You are not,
or that You are – but for other places and other people and not with us here and now.
Forgive us, Help us, Heal us, Be to us,
for Your glory, honor, and praise,
because You were, You are, and You will be for us forever.
*Another “prayer plainly spoken” for the US-2s and Mission Interns based upon reflections around Exodus 3:14 in which God’s response to Moses’ question of, “Who shall I say sent me?” is, “Tell them, ‘I AM that I AM has sent me to you.'” This is the English rendering, yet the Hebrew has a fuller sense of continuation in that it also could be translated, “I was that I was, and I will be what I will be.”