Father, I echo the words in Paul’s prayer here for the Thessalonians.
And I ask that You would “make [me] worthy of Your calling.”
Lord, there are times I do not display the characteristics and attitudes of a faithful and humble follower of You, the Creator and Lord of the Universe.
I know that You have saved me. You have given me eternal life and paid the penalty for my sin with Your blood. And You have sent Your Holy Spirit to reside in me. And yet still, I struggle with unforgiveness, selfishness, greed, anger, resentment, jealousy, lust – those flesh-driven temptations that I need to put to death in myself in order to live a life worthy of You.
In truth, I cannot do it without Your help.
Father, I ask You to use Your power to “bring to fruition [my] every desire for goodness and [my] every deed prompted by faith…so that Your Name may be glorified in [me].”
Often, I desire to do good but things get in the way. It may be circumstances, busyness, other people, or the timing doesn’t work out. Or it may be my own emotions and frustrations that hinder and sabotage my efforts.
Same thing happens with ideas that are born of my faith in You. I have the desire but not the know-how.
But You can show me how to avoid these pitfalls. You can help me conquer my flesh, my emotions, other people, and problems that arise and can show me the way to go.
I know in the end, You will be victorious. You will return to the earth in triumphant splendor and with righteous judgment. In the meantime, help me accomplish those good and faithful things that will bring You the recognition and glory You deserve. Amen
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Paul puts that same thought together in Romans 7:20 – Romans 8:2 when he says that his spirit, the part of him that connects with God, wants to do good. However, his mind, will, emotions and body cause him to do wrong. He grieves over this; yet in chapter 8 he reminds us that we face no condemnation when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
Jesus confirms your statement that we pneed His help when He says in John 15:5 that “Apart from Me, you can do NOTHING.” Of course, we know Jesus is speaking of doing nothing of any spiritual good because unfortunately, we do plenty of things that aren’t good.
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As always Laura, your prayer so resonates with me. Be assured that you most certainly are using your gifts for the glory of God. The gifts He has given you have blessed me tremendously! Your wisdom, insight, honesty and servants heart have been such an inspiration! May the Lord bless you, keep you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace.