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God, You Are Not Finished with Your Work in and Through My Life! (Prayer Journal 156)

Father, in Jesus' name, I trust that You are at work continuing to form Christ in my heart as You conform me more to the image of Jesus. Thank You that these things are true regardless of whether I feel it or not. Thank You that the good work that You've begun in me You will perform until the day of Jesus Christ. How great and awesome are You God?

There is absolutely nothing too hard or impossible for You. Your Word declares that You prune every branch that bears fruit so that it can bear even more fruit. Is that what You are doing to me? Could it be that You are cutting things back for greater fruitfulness and the enemy is making me feel like I am falling away and less effective? Thank You that You preserve me and that You never let me go. Thank You for enabling and strengthening me to persevere in You.

Even when I do not want to get up in the morning and spend time with You in Your Word and prayer, I cannot help but to do it. I feel like the prophet Jeremiah who could not help but to declare the Word of the Lord even when he did not want to. Perhaps that should be an encouragement that when You put Your Word in a person's heart and mouth there will be a compelling urge to live and to speak the Word of the Lord.

Grant me Your divine viewpoint as to what You are doing in my heart, life, marriage, family, ministry and work in this season. Search my heart and show me where it is distant from You and flirting with idols and false gods. Do not let me waver any longer between two opinions but to give You the preeminence, priority, and first place only in my heart. Move me to repent, to tear down altars to any and everything that I worship besides and before You. Help me to build up the altar to You, the only true God, where on it I present myself to You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable which is my reasonable service.

Open my ears to hear You and soften my heart so that I respond to You no matter what You say. Make me a man of prayer who lives this life completely dependent upon You. For people in this world need an encounter with Jesus, through the Church by the Spirit. They do not need our opinions, thoughts, and words about You. Forgive me for living by my feelings rather than by Your Word. Forgive me for giving an ear to the lies of the devil more than to the truth of Christ. In the midst of the battle that is raging, help me to remember and utilize the mighty weapons that You have given.

Make me a man who hungers and thirsts for righteousness and is satisfied with Your goodness. Make me a man who delights myself in You as You grant me the desires of my heart. May You be my one true heart desire as You empower me to love You with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love my neighbor as I love myself. In Jesus' name, Amen!!!

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