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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 instinctively races in many foolish, futile, and faithless directions; thus, I run to this verse today like a bee to pollen and a bear to honey.

Some days I wake up with my heart running to self-pity and whining—when my disappointments loom larger than your delights. Some days the GPS of my heart seems to be programmed for man’s approval and praise—when my insecurities push the mute button on the music of the gospel.

Some days I lace up my running shoes for a quick jog to unforgiveness and bitterness—when I’ve been rehearsing the failures of others more than the riches of the gospel. On other “unguarded-heart-days,” I take side trips into lust, greed, envy, fantasy, resentment, self-righteousness, fear, contempt and a whole array of other destructive destinations.

So today, Father, I want you to answer the apostle Paul’s prayer on my behalf, and also on behalf of my friends and family. Please direct our hearts into the lavish resources of your love and the much-needed perseverance of Jesus. By the power of your sovereign goodness, reel in my wandering heart once again, and send it packing into the glorious refuge of your love.

Father, only your love is better than life; only your love is enough; only your love will never let go of us. And with confidence, I know I will persevere to the end, because Jesus will persevere for me and in me. I trust in his steadfastness, not in my anything.

Lord Jesus, I praise you for already giving me a new heart and your perfect righteousness. Holy Spirit, I praise you circumcising, sealing and taking up residence in my heart, forever. Father, I praise you for your commitment to bring to completion your good work in me, and in your whole creation.  ”Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours,” forever. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ trustworthy and triumphant name.



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