A Prayer for Strength to Do the Next Right Thing
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Cor. 10:13
Dear Lord Jesus, this verse has been underlined in my Bible, pasted on my refrigerator, even stitched in needlepoint by my grandmother. But today I need it to be an active force in my life. I feel the ever-present pull of temptation, so I need to know the even greater power of your grace. You’ve promised we’ll never be in any circumstance for which you won’t provide strength and an exit. Show me the way.
Most of my temptations have been attached to them. There are a few people who have too much functional power over my heart. That’s my issue, not theirs. Their praise can “complete me,” and their criticism can ruin a perfectly good day. Free me from the temptations of an “approval suck”. I don’t want to become aloof and callous, but neither do I want to be oversensitive to what people think. I cannot love anyone to whom I have given too much power.
And I need strength to deal with destructive choices of friends. Marriages, health, the hearts of children and your glory are on the line. I need strength, Jesus, to get involved where frankly, I’d rather not. It would be much easier just to “pray from afar” than to run after prodigals, confront foolishness, and face anger. Strengthen me so that I will not wimp out. You pursued me, and you pursue me still. Likewise, be a persistent lover through me in these messy situations.
Lastly, Jesus, I need strength to seek you with fresh passion and delight; earnestness and anticipation. I never like it when I find it easier to watch TV than to meditate on the Scriptures. It’s not a good sign when exercising my body for vanity comes easier than exercising my heart for godliness. Renew my heart’s affection, adoration, and allegiance to you; for you alone are worthy of everything I am and have. So very Amen I pray, in your great and gracious name.