God, you alone are unchangeable. I need you. I need your steadiness. I need your balance. I need your forgiveness. I need your renewal. Every moment. Every day. My head, my heart, my mouth and my actions are far too easily changeable…far too easily distracted by the pressures and disappointments, by the purposes, pleasures and self-centered agendas that I set up as priorities in this fleeting world. I need your constant refocusing, constant adjustment, constant correction, constant encouragement, constant renewal so that I will choose you and your ways. Always.
You love me. Your ways are always best for me – always loving, right, healing, life-empowering, life-freeing, life-fulfilling! And always so much better than my ways!
Lord, thank you for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who is constantly with me, within me, around me, wooing me, calling to me, wanting me…to come and listen to you, to come and follow you, to come and choose you – in all that I am and in all that I do – to come and choose the true life, true love, true peace and true power found in and from you alone.
Lord, thank you that you do not change. Thank you that your love and mercy are always present for me even as I wobble and waffle in the ways that I live, think, speak, act and interact. Thank you that your grace and truth, peace and power are always available to me every time I choose to take a deep breath and turn my attention, attitude and focus back fully to you – back fully to your love, sacrifice, victory, hope, beauty, glory, intimacy and sovereignty.
Here I am, Lord. Hold me tightly – with no length of leash or latitude, but only with a full on, strong, immovable hold over my innermost being…and fill me and flow through me to all others with your love, grace, truth, peace, power, wisdom and joy! I am yours.
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ “ – John 8:31-32
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.“ – Psalm 139:23-24
As did Isaiah, I similarly cry out in both a confession of my sin and in a passionate profession of faith that desires to serve our Holy God – from Isaiah 6:5-8:
“ ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a [wo]man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’ …the angel of the LORD said, ‘…your guilt is taken away and you sin is atoned for.’
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’
And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ”