From the Inside Out

Easter crossesFather, Jesus said that I am to love You with all of my heart, with all of my mind, with all of my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself—that this is more important than anything else that I do.

Forgive me, Lord, for I know that I have kept parts of my heart hidden and distant from You.

I have been slothful in my thinking, lazy, and undisciplined and have not loved You with all of my mind. I’m so very aware of my weakness and confess that I am not sure that I know what loving You with all of my strength even looks like. Father, You know that I rarely love others as much as I love myself. Forgive me, Lord.

Have mercy on me and change me O God! May my life be marked by deep heart-belief and mouth confession that Jesus is Lord. Keep me, I pray, from self-imposed, outward moral reformation that leads to joyless, disempowered living. Instead, may I be continually spiritually transformed, conformed to the character of Jesus, that the reflection of His glory may be seen in me and others will be drawn to Him. Change me from the inside out, I pray.

May I truly believe in my heart what I confess with my mouth, so that my faith will not shrivel within me when faced with the difficulties of life, or be hypocritical and harsh as I live in front of those who have yet to call on Your name.

O how I long for my heart and mind to align under Your Lordship. I am weary Lord of unbelief and double-mindedness! Save me from myself, I pray. I confess with my mouth, Lord Jesus, that You alone are Lord to the glory of God the Father. Now may it be true in my heart as well and lived out this day through my life. In the mighty name of Him who alone can accomplish these things. Amen.

Mark 12:33; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:15; Deuteronomy 30:14; Matthew 5:16; Mark 9:24; Romans 10:9-10; Philippians 2:11

–Adapted from Pray the Word: 31 Prayers that Touch the Heart of God by Tiece L. King. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

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Prayer Points

Express your praise to God as the compassionate Father (Ps. 103:13). Thank him for desiring only good things for his children, including you (Lk. 11:11-13). Confess those times when you have not wanted what God wanted for you or others. Commit yourself to seeking first God’s desire—his kingdom and his righteousness (Mt. 6:33). Ask God to “fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Col. 1:9).

Pray that your own heart may be set on fire with God’s passion to bring all people into his family.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

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