May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thess. 3:5
Dear heavenly Father, the hymn writer must have been thinking about me when he penned the words, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.” There are days when my heart randomly races in many unfruitful and unhealthy directions.
Some days I wake up with my heart running to self-pity—when my disappointments loom larger than your delights. Some days the GPS of my heart seems to be programmed for the dead end lane of man’s approval—when my insecurities are shouting down your name and praise.
Some days I lace up my running shoes for a quick jog to un-forgiveness and bitterness—when I’ve been rehearsing the failures of others more than the riches of the gospel. Still other “unguarded-heart-days,” I take little side trips into greed, envy and lust; whining, worry, and self-righteousness—and a smorgasbord of other destructive destinations.
But today, Father, I want you to answer the apostle Paul’s prayer on my behalf, and for my family and friends. Please direct our hearts into the lavish resources of your love, and the much-needed perseverance of Jesus. I’m not affronted, at all, when you limit the assumed “freedom” of my will. By the power of your sovereign goodness, reel in my wandering heart once again, and send it into the glorious refuge of your love. I will persevere to the end, only because Jesus persevered for me—even to the cross; and will persevere in me, as my only hope of glory.
Father, I praise you for giving me a new heart, and for your commitment one Day, to perfect that heart. My boast is in Jesus plus nothing for my salvation—past, present and future. I praise that I really can sing, “Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.” So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and trustworthy name.