I published the prayer below before 2017 began and thought it was worth a reboot. I pray this prayer in earnest every day but, I have to be honest, I have squandered more than a few seconds and have not deliberately and intentionally sought God’s will in everything I have done.
I started thinking about this this morning after reading a post over at The Recovering Legalist
“The amount of loafing practiced by the average Christian in spiritual things would ruin a concert pianist if he allowed himself to do the same thing in the field of music. The idle puttering around that we see in church circles would end the career of a big-league pitcher in one week. No scientist could solve his exacting problem if he took as little interest in it as the rank and file of Christians take in the art of being holy. The nation whose soldiers were as soft and undisciplined as the soldiers of the churches would be conquered by the first enemy that attacked it. Triumphs are not won by men and easy chairs. Success is costly.”
Kind of a bitter pill but “soft and undisciplined” describe me pretty accurately, at least too much of the time.
Throughout the coming year I pray that I will thank you unceasingly for your precious gift of time. I pray that I will fully appreciate each of the over 31 million seconds 2017 has to offer and that I will not squander even one.
I pray, father, that every one of my goals, actions, words, and thoughts this coming year will line up with your perfect word and your divine will.
Lord, show me what you want from me in 2017 so I don’t begin yet another year with a collection of obligatory and insincere resolutions to simply do more of what’s good, less of what’s bad, or to improve myself in some earthly and eternally insignificant way.
Lord, instead of my own resolutions, I pray that you make me a humble servant who intentionally and deliberately seeks your will in everything I do and with every plan I make.
In Jesus name,