Father, make me more like Jesus.
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Father, thank You for Jesus! Thank You that You made a way through Him for me to be brought back into friendship with You. Your Word says that Your intention through His death was to present me HOLY IN YOUR SIGHT, WITHOUT BLEMISH & FREE FROM ACCUSATION. And You lay out my responsibilities in this as well: to continue in my faith, “established & firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” Help me to do so, to be steadfast in my faith.
Because Christ is in me, I have assurance of Your presence, “the hope of glory.” You have given me a task here: to PROCLAIM Jesus, to ADMONISH and TEACH everyone with all wisdom, so that everyone may be presented to You MATURE, COMPLETE, PERFECT in Christ. This task must be at the heart of every endeavor I participate in here in this life. It is Your “energy, which so powerfully works in me” to accomplish this–nothing else, nothing less.
You are the Source of all things, Father. When I choose to stand open to Your will, You fill me up with all of who You are. It is You who “encourages my heart” and orchestrates my being “united in love” with others in Your Body. Only when I seek You alone as my source of encouragement can I accept the limitations, weaknesses and differences in my brothers and sisters in Christ.
From You comes “the full riches of complete understanding.” This depth of comprehension allows me to “know the mystery of You, God, namely, Christ.” Thanks so much for what You let me know about You and how You help me to truly know You. Keep me from being deceived into believing false facts about You, no matter how “fine sounding” the arguments or reasoning might be. Keep my faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, firm and steadfast as You continue to make me just like Jesus. Amen.