Father, I thank You for Your great mercy and love poured out for me through the work of Christ. But I confess that I often live without any thought of Your great sacrifice and have engaged my mind and body in things of this world that are not holy or pleasing to You.
You have said that presenting my body as a living sacrifice is part of my spiritual worship, and I have forsaken it. Father, I confess that I have allowed my mind to be entangled with the patterns of this world and its standard instead of the standard of Your Word. Forgive me, Lord!
Strengthen me. Be the filter over my eyes and mind. I have been undisciplined in the care of my physical body and careless about my health and habits. Help me to discipline my body and put to death my fleshly nature. Forgive me Father. Forgive me for wanting my pursuit of You to be easy. Forgive my slothfulness, O God! May I run after You in such a way as to get the prize and discipline myself so as not to be disqualified.
Give me the gift of wisdom and discernment, I pray, and guard my mind from hollow and deceptive philosophies that depend on human tradition and principles of this world, rather than on Christ and Your Word. I ask this so that my mind might be truly renewed and the way I live transformed. This day, I confess my great desire to follow You alone.
I long, Lord Jesus, to experience Holy Spirit-ignited, transformational living—daily! To see Jesus lived out in me—through me—in ways I have not yet known; grant this, I pray. O Holy Spirit of God, purify me, refine me, I pray, until all of me is conformed to You, Lord Jesus, and I learn the secret and discipline of becoming a living sacrifice. Only You can accomplish this, and I pray in Your great name—in Jesus’ name—that it will be so. Amen.
Romans 5:5; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Colossians 2:8; Romans 8:29
–Adapted from Pray the Word: 31 Prayers that Touch the Heart of God by Tiece L. King. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Give praise to God as the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of knowledge (Isa. 11:2). Thank God for freely giving wisdom to all who ask and who trust him to answer (Jas. 1:5). Confess those times in the past week or month when you have relied on human wisdom rather than seeking God’s wisdom. Commit yourself to seeking God’s wisdom at all costs (Prov. 2:1-6). Ask God to show you how his wisdom is different from the world’s (Jas. 3:13-18).
Pray that your church’s leaders will be filled with wisdom as they make both public and private decisions, so that their whole lives will glorify God.
“Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue.” —Adam Clarke
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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