A Prayer 2 Change

The older I get the more I realize that changing myself is a mission too impossible for me to accomplish on my own and at this time and season of my life God is making it abundantly clear that I can’t change myself. In case you haven’t noticed, being a human being has limits and there are (2) extremes at war within you and especially within me. (1) the new way of the spirit and (2) the old way of the spirit or the sinful nature attached to living in this “body of death,” causing me to do things I know I don’t want to do seem natural. Nobody illustrates this dilemma more clearly through writing than my big brother Paul, who wrote:

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7.15-20) 

See what I mean? Its the daily struggle of the flesh versus the spirit but “Only one can win-only one can wiiiiiiiin-oh-oh-oh-nly” (Donuts, J- Dilla). Even though I desire the spirit of God to override the sinful nature of the flesh, the flesh always seems to come out victorious, which leads me to repeat the cry of my brother Paul, “What a wretched  man I am! Who [can] rescue me from this body of death?”

I have come to the self-realization and discovery that the answer to this question can only exist outside the existence of my being causing me to let Christ override my existence so I no longer can exist which will allow Christ to exist through me allowing me to disappear and no longer resist the actions and words of Christ to manifest through me and conquer the sinful nature that’s always trying to rise up in me on a daily basis or in other words, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2.20)

With this in mind, my Father in Heaven (YAH) and I wrote a prayer one day during my daily devotion as I was meditating on what it means to live out of the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness) with the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that I can’t live out these spiritual characteristics without the help of YAH.

My prayer is that the prayer below will encourage you like it has encouraged me to relinquish the responsibility of trying to change yourself (as I’m attempting to do the same) and allow God to do the impossible in you which is to change.

Make this your daily prayer as it has become mine and trust the process. Be blessed.

Father, help me to become a Person of Love, especially during those times when I don’t want to be loving so I can seek the highest good of others

Father, help me to become a Person of Joy, especially during those times when I don’t want to be joyful so I can express gladness that is not based on circumstances

Father, help me to become a Person of Peace, especially during those times when I don’t want to be peaceful so I can live at peace with everyone in order to promote a life and spirit of contentment and unity between all people

Father, help me to become a Person of Patience, especially during those times when I don’t want to be patient so I can practice being quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to anger

Father, help me to become a Person of Self-control, especially during those times when I am out of control so I will behave well at all times

Father, help me to become a Person of Kindness, especially during those times when I don’t want to be kind so I can show mercy and be merciful, and tender toward others just as you show mercy and are merciful, and tender toward me

Father, help me become a Person of Goodness, especially during those times when I don’t want to show goodness so I can experience the blessings that are attached to being generous and open hearted

Father, help me to become a Person of Faithfulness, especially during those times when I don’t want to be faithful so I can be known as a Man who is dependable, loyal and full of trust

Father, help me to become a Person of Gentleness, especially during those times when I don’t want to be gentle so I can display a spirit of humility, calmness and non a threatening behavior

AMEN-ASE’-SELAH

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