A prayer against the idols of my heart
Thanks to Scotty Smith for his A prayer about the functional boss of my heart
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15
Dear Lord Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or something is going to gain the upper hand on my heart. My heart will be swayed, captured and ruled. Some entity will be the “boss of me”—my functional king.
It could be my bitterness, pettiness, or cowardice. It could be the shaming power of darkness or the alluring power of lust. It could be overbearing or aggravating people. It could be my greed to have a little more or my obsession to be a lot different. It could be religion or my hatred of religion. It could be old regrets or new fantasies. It could be food, success or approval, but I will live as the submissive citizen of some reign(s) today.
But in light of this Scripture, and by the faith you’ve given me, right now, I choose your peace as the ruler of my heart, as the “boss of me,” as the centering and sending power for this one day. And who knows peace better than you, Jesus? You are the Prince of Peace! On the cross you secured God’s peace with me and my peace with God. The enmity and hostility between us have been obliterated and eradicated. Peace with God is now a legal right of mine, a done deal, a settled issue. How can I not overflow with gratitude as this day begins and as it continues?
Lord Jesus, please make this legal right a personal delight—an actual power mightily at work in my heart today and in all my relationships. The peace you gives does much more than simply calm my restless, wandering heart. You peace is the power of reconciling love. You make enemies friends. You humble stubborn people. You soften hard people. You make angry people gentle.
Because you have forgiven me, I will choose to forgive others. Because you have forgiven me, I will choose to ask forgiveness from others. Because you are at peace with me, I will do everything within my power to live at peace with others. So very Amen I pray, in your holy and persistent name.
Whose kingdom are you building?
Following on from previous posts, here and here, Paul Tripp gives a series of principles to help examine the motivations of our hearts here. How can we determine whether we’re laying up treasures for God’s kingdom or for self?
Tripp gives the questions below as a helpful diagnostic.
- The absence of what causes us to want to give up and quit?
- The pursuit of what leads us to feeling over-burdened and overwhelmed?
- The fear of what makes us tentative and timid rather than courageous and hopeful?
- The craving for what makes us burn the candle at both ends until we have little left?
- The “need” for what robs ministry of its beauty and joy?
- The desire for what sets up tensions between ministry and family?