Father, I come before You this day, overwhelmed by Your holiness and greatness. In light of who You are, I am keenly aware of the weakness of my fleshly nature. Have mercy on me, O God. Forgive me for going my own way and not aligning my life with Your perfect will.
I confess that I have been misguided by my own self-serving purposes and have lost sight of Your face. Remove from me, I pray, the shame of my sin that keeps me from running into Your arms, looking on Your face, and receiving Your forgiveness. I ask this day, Father, for a fresh infilling of Your Holy Spirit that will transform the way I live and display Your glory to those who do not yet know You.
This day, Father, may my mind be set on things above, not on things of this earth. May I be a person of blessing this day. Help me to encourage those who are tired and wearied by the cares of this world.
Give me opportunity to love in deed and action. May I be willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of the gospel and minister to others as if I were ministering to You. Father it is my desire that the imprint of Jesus be left behind wherever I go, whatever I encounter, whoever I meet. Accomplish this through me.
Father, I do not want to be one who follows You halfheartedly or out of convenience. May I always stand firm and not allow anything to move me away from You and give myself wholly to Your purposes.
How grateful I am that You are compassionate and gracious, that You know my weakness! Thank You for not treating me as my sin deserves.
Restore to me, I pray, the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit that Your glory might be displayed through my life.
These things I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Luke 15:20-24; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:25; James 2:20, 26; Matthew 25:40; Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Psalm 103:8-19; Psalm 51:12-13
–Adapted from Pray the Word: 31 Prayers that Touch the Heart of God by Tiece King. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God verbally, saying, “Jesus is Lord” (Rom. 10:9). Thank Christ for fulfilling God’s law for you and granting you his righteousness (10:4). Confess any attempts you are still making to earn righteousness and favor with God. Commit to a lifestyle of confessing the lordship of Jesus. Ask God to remove any lingering distrust (10:11).
Pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on your part of the earth as it is in heaven. Ask that the lordship of Christ, which we confess verbally, will be applied in just and righteous actions.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.