I heard this simple, yet powerful prayer on the radio a while back. I didn’t think it sounded like much when I first heard it and dismissed it as a nice little prayer, but, upon further consideration, I began to see just how powerful that little prayer was.
You see, when we harbor anything that isn’t of God in our hearts, we rob ourselves of the blessings that He is waiting to bestow upon us because it keeps us from having the relationship with Him that He created us for.
Do you have something or someone in your past, or even right now, that you simply can’t forgive? Jesus commands us to forgive others, and it’s not a suggestion. Matthew 6:15
Are you harboring hate in your heart for someone? We are called to love others as ourselves. It’s the second greatest commandment according to Jesus. Matthew 22:39
Anytime we feel self-righteous, jealous, self-centered, hateful, bitter, vengeful, spiteful, or prideful, we need God’s help to change our hearts. How about when we worry? We are told to not be afraid, and to not worry, but how can we not without God’s intervention?
Jesus Christ said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Yet when we hold on to the things of this world; hurt feelings, bitterness, worry and such, how can we possibly feel His peace? We can’t, because we’re so busy looking around at our pain and our situation that we take our eyes off of Him.
And in Romans 12:12, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” How do we do this? The renewal of our minds can only come through relationship with Him, and by getting ourselves into His Word. Pray before you read His word; Lord, change me. Trust Him, He will.
I am weak and He is strong. Oh, how I long for His peace to wash over me. So now, whenever I begin to feel like I’m unraveling or find a seed of bitterness that I can’t seem to dig out, this will be my prayer. When I worry; Lord, change me.
Thank God I’m not who I was, but I’m still not who He created me to be, and will not be that person until He comes for me, so until then…
Lord, change me. Amen.