May 23 A Matter to Pray About

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:11–12

Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:3

… as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him whocalled us by glory and virtue.

Have you evaluated your spiritual life lately? If you did a thorough assessment of your perspective of God, you might be surprised by what you find.

Millions of Christians have received Christ as their Savior, but still give in to the allure of sin. Faith becomes merely a habit or an accessory, rather than a heart conviction and a way of life. When pulled in two directions, such people compromise themselves because they are convinced that they can’t live the way Christ did.

There are several reasons for this kind of erroneous thinking:

  • They are probably ignorant of God’s Word and the power He gives us to live out authentic Christianity.
  • They may think that their behavior is acceptable because they see other Christians living the same way—they are looking at their friends, not at Christ.
  • Those who refuse to surrender completely to the Lord will never know the power of His Spirit to overcome sin.

If you struggle with any of these issues, remember that you are a new creation in Christ. You can draw strength from God’s divine nature, which lives in you (2 Peter 1:3). It is available for the asking.

When you pray today, ask God to extinguish your love for the world and to replace it with a love for Him and His Word. Pray for Him to fill you with His Spirit so that you can discern wisely. “You will be … like a spring of water whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11 niv).

Father, extinguish my love for the world. Replace it with a love for You and Your Word. Fill me with Your Spirit so I can discern wisely.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 150). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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