Lord, living for You is not easy. We have a fight on our hands. Satan is a determined enemy. Help us to remember that He’s also a defeated enemy. When the battle seems to be getting too much for us, help us to remember that we are “kept by the power of God” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
We thank You, Lord, that “we do not live by bread alone” (Deuteronomy 8:3). We need bread for the body. We also need Jesus, the Bread of Life (John 6:35). Help us, Lord, not to become too easily satisfied by the things of this world. Help us never to forget that we need Jesus. Without Him, there will always be something missing. With Him, there will be a new – eternal – sense of meaning, purpose and direction.
Help us, Lord, to listen to You and live for You, to speak to You and speak for You. Help us to receive from You and respond to You. Help us not to get caught up in the “What do I get out of it?” way of thinking. Help us to ask the more important question: “How can I give myself more fully to You, Lord?”
Lord, You give us Your promises and Your warnings. You show us the better way – and You say to us, “Make sure that You don’t go back to the old way of living, back to the world’s way of living, back to the way of life that will never satisfy.”
Who chooses what is important to us? Is it You, Lord? or Are we the ones who are in control? Help us, Lord, not to pay lip-service to You – without really opening our hearts to You and giving You first place in our lives.