Lord God, Jesus, you so lavishly provide me with your presence, Holy Spirit, working things in me and in my life, that I could never do on my own. You do it not by my striving, but because I choose, in my free will, to trust you to do it for me.
Like Abraham, I believe you God. I take you at your word. By that act of faith, make my life right with you. Bless me as I live by faith, trusting, believing and hoping for things yet unseen. I choose not to live by my own effort but depending on you. Sustain my relationship with you, as I embrace what you have planned for me.
Above all else, let my relationship with you remain as my first priority and desire. Don’t let anything distract me, including my calling, or take me away from spending time with you. Doing things for you, is not the same as spending time with you. I want to enter into what you are doing, not the other way around.
Protect me and keep me from choosing religion, rather than relationship . Rule keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith. In fact, it only perpetuates more rule keeping! Christ has freed me from the self-defeating life of living by the law. It leads only to despair and death.
Remind me, again and again, that the purpose of the law was to make it obvious ,that on my own and in my strength, I am out of relationship with you, God. I cannot possibly will myself right! I can only do that by waiting in faith for you to complete your promises in me and through me. For if any rule keeping had the power to perfect, I for certain would have gotten there by now!! You know I’ve tried!
By faith alone, you have brought me into first hand encounters with you, The living God. You didn’t just give me a fresh start, you dressed me in adult faith. You’ve matured me, so eventually, I will be complete- Christ’s resurrected life in me- lacking no good thing – the fulfillment of your original promise.
May it be so. I give myself to you wholly and completely. May your will be done in me. Amen.”