Prayer to Meet the Needs of the Heart
Lord, I need ministry to the depths of my heart. Even though I’ve already been born-anew, there are some things that have been standing in my way. I find myself yelling at my kids, ignoring my spouse, undermining, overreacting to my boss or___________________. This has resulted in ways of believing that are lodged in my heart that affect my view of You, others and my own value. It’s so hard to stay honest, open, and vulnerable and I need Your help to see where I’ve become stuck.
Ephesians 5:8-10 says, ...” for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord”.
Lord, I’ve tried my best to walk as a child of Your light but often I’ve been blind-sided by the hidden impulses in my heart and find myself falling into striving, disillusionment, and condemnation. Lord, Your word says Christ has already purchased the gift of salvation for me on the cross, but I have not understood how to “grow up in salvation” as it says in 1 Peter 2:2, or that I am to “work it out (salvation) in fear and trembling” (Phlippians 2:12). My heart celebrates the word that says, “by one offering He has perfected for all time”...,while at times, I find my heart ignoring the second half of that same verse, ...“those who are [in the Greek, being] sanctified”. (Hebrews 10:14).
There have been areas in my life Lord, where I have not understood this process of being sanctified. Areas in my heart where Your work has not yet reached. Forgive me Lord for the ways in which I have ‘pressed on’ trying to manage my behavior rather than allow Your Spirit to change my heart, mind and soul which I so desperately need. Forgive me for the ways I have turned away from reality and held onto childish things as it states in I Corinthians 3:1. Forgive me for my attempts to control and manage my circumstances, relationships and even You. I repent for having ignored the hidden strongholds, which inadvertently allowed these ways to become part of the treasure in the storehouse of my heart. (Luke 6:43-45).
Lord, I need Your help to deal with the causes, not just the effects of my sinful patterns. Show me where I have responded from a heart of bitterness towards myself, spouse, children and others. When I have overreacted to any hint of ‘rejection’, I give You permission to show me the unhealed wounds that made a place of bitterness in my heart toward those who rejected me. The times I have seen You God, as being distant or punitive, show me if it’s because I still have bitterness towards persons who long ago were distant or punitive toward me. Help me to have the courage to ask and see what is in my own heart related to these key issues and reveal to me my part.
Holy Spirit, I invite Your work in me to bring to death on the cross what has so long been ingrained in me, roots of my bitter reactions and denial structure and show me the areas of my past that are not yet really in the past. I acknowledge that only You can accomplish this forgiveness and repentance in me and enable the kind of “forgetting” that will be effective for me so that I can be refreshed by the present and future life You have given me.
God help me to turn to You and keep my heart open, to allow You to “clean the INSIDE of the cup” (Matthew 23:26). Open my heart to grow in ability to address the depths of my own need for You. I choose to believe that Your desire is for my good, to set me free more than I can understand or fathom. Help me to tune into Your purposes for my life and come to know the healing power that flows through this simple prayer more powerfully than I could ever think or ask.
Positionally, I am transformed: “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ ...”(II Cor. 5:17-18).
Align my heart to the dimension of Your transforming power that requires my ongoing response to Christ’s accomplished work. I choose to yield body, soul, heart and mind to the work Christ has accomplished on His cross so that in doing so, I may “lay hold of that for which were laid hold of by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12).
In Jesus Name, Amen
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