praying for a change (45)

 

I correct and discipline those whom I love. So be earnest and change your hearts and lives. Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me. (Revelation 3.19-20 CEB)

 

ear·nest: resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction; synonyms are serious, severe, and zealous.

God,

When I feel your the rod of your correction, may it impress on me how you love me too much to leave me undisciplined and set in my selfish ways.

As intense feelings well up in me under your discipline, may those emotions serve to not make me bitter, but only better.

As you meet me where I am and invite me again and again into your presence and goodness, may I throw open my heart and mind to your great love by changing my heart and life.

Amen.