You’ve saved me to be more than I could ever imagine, yet I go through life trying to find the strength to do Your will in my little schemes and plans. I look for my righteousness within myself. I attempt to please You by manipulating Your favor. All this I have done, but I keep coming up short. I am frustrated with my own inability to be something that, by my own power, I am not. Help me to look to the resurrection and to see that You have radically changed me. Now putting on Christ is simply being who I already am in You! Let my veins pulsate with the resurrection power of Jesus Christ who lives in me and I in Him. Empower me rise to from my sins, my self-righteousness, my idols and run to you. Let Your life live in me. Give me the strength to be who I really am in You!
God why do You put up with such a major screw-up like me? I’m half-hearted, at best, flirting with shadows and dim lights. I’m distracted by so little when I’m offered so much. Like a millionaire who lives on $100 a week and like an idiot who’s trying to surf the web on a smartphone when he’s sitting in front of his computer, I keep chasing lesser things. But I tend not to think of them in such a way. The pleasures of life, love, wealth, wisdom, pride, and power seem so endearing and awesome when they trap my gaze. For a moment now, You have broken my gaze. You have shifted my eyes to Yourself and I cannot take them off You. Oh that I might always keep my focus on You!
Disenchant me from my affection for lesser things.
Redirect me from my reckless ambition.
Break me from my idolatry.
Free me from my passion for myself.
Enflame me with a passion for the Gospel.
Reclaim the center of my soul.
Focus my life recklessly upon Yourself.
Capture my affection eternally and fill the eternal emptiness within me!