December 15 Prayer
‘On that day you will no longer be ashamed, because what you have done against my will.
You will become my humble and lowly people who trust in the name of the Lord.
No more lies, no more deceits, but a people content with who they are and where they are, unanxious, they’ll live in peace and no one will make them afraid.’ Zeph.3:11-13
This is God’s vision for His people.
In the broad sense we can view it as for everyone else but take a moment and consider what it would mean personally for you.
Jesus tells us a story of two employees asked to complete a task. One says a prompt no but then does the task anyways. The other replies with an eager yes and then is unable to complete the task. Matt.21:28-32
How many times do we say yes to things that are really not the will of God for us?
I have found myself in the situation of saying yes for all the wrong reasons.
‘I want to please and not let someone down. I want to find favor with that person and look good in their eyes. I really just want to help.’
If I am honest, humble and lowly before God then I may be able to recognize my own limitations and seek his ways to discern His will at that moment.
‘ A “no” does not hide anything but a “yes” can easily become a deception.” quoted by Soren Kierkegaard.
If we are humble,
know who we are and content where we are,
then we are able to trust in the name of the Lord.
Let go of all the ‘to dos’ and let your “no” mean “no”and your “yes” mean “yes.”
Pause to pray
‘Lord we confess our motives are driven by our false selves so much of the time.
We desire to be true in what we say and do so help us to be that honest with ourselves.
Show us where we are led astray by a deceitful yes .
We admit that we cannot do everything right all of the time.
Bring a new awareness that you are here with us to guide and lead us.
We humble ourselves not in shame but in the light of your love and grace.
May we say a holy ‘no’ to that which drags us away from your true will.
May we say a holy ‘yes’ to birth the life of Christ within us.
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