CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART
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February 26 - Prayer of Surrender: Heavenly Treasures
Matthew 6:19-20 - "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Prayer: Jesus, help me to live my life with an eternal focus. Convict me through Your Spirit of things I'm holding in my hands that have no value. And through Your Spirit and Word, refocus my thoughts and heart towards heaven. I want my life to count, help me to invest my gifts and resources for Your glory. Amen.
February 25 - Confession of the Heart: Earthly Treasures
1 John 2:16 - "For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world."
Prayer: God, I confess I have fallen into the trap of loving the things of this world more than I should. I am sorry. Forgive me when I let my wants, desires, and cravings of this world take up more space in my thoughts and heart than You and what You have commanded. Keep my eyes focused on You, Jesus.
Proverbs 16:18 - “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Prayer: Father God, I come before You and confess that I see and recognize the pride within my heart. I leave you out of so many decisions and areas of my life because I think I can handle it all. Forgive me for trusting in myself more than trusting in You.
John 3:30 - “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Prayer: Father God, I come before You, recognizing that You are God and I am not. As humbly as I know how I submit to You. I surrender every aspect of my life, my day, and my choices to You. Lord, may You increase in my heart, in my thoughts, and my deeds while I decrease the thoughts about myself.
Proverbs 29:11 - “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
Prayer: Father God, I confess that this season of life has produced frustration and anger deep within my spirit. I know that my anger does not honor You. Lord, please forgive me for the anger filled words and thoughts that have overtaken me. I need your wisdom more now than ever.
James 1:19-20 - “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Prayer: Father God, I know that anger is more prevalent in my life than patience, but I am seeking You to help me. Lord, I surrender my need... to be in control, to be right and to make it all about me. Lord grow within me the patience to love and honor You and others.
James 1:6 - "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."
Prayer: God, I haven't believed that You would come through for me. I'm beaten up by life and feeling alone. When I look around, I have a hard time seeing Your hand at work in my life. But Your word says to choose faith over my doubt. You promise that you won't leave me, so I can believe that You're with me. Help me to live in this confidence today.
James 1:2 - "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds." James 1:2
Prayer: Father, my surrender to these circumstances won't bring me joy, but my obedience and faith in You alone will. Help me to remember that joy is a fruit that is produced by Your Spirit in me. So I will stay close to You today. I will surrender my life to whatever You have for me, and with joy, I'll give you back the praise.
James 3:16 - "For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please search my heart and show any selfishness I may be holding in my heart. I confess that too often, I'm only thinking of myself, how I've been wronged, my happiness, and only concerned with my well-being. Please forgive me for my self-centeredness. I ask that You change my heart and make it more like the heart of Jesus. Help me to look at the world through Your eyes and live to serve others as Jesus would. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
Philippians 2:3-5 - "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus"
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving me direction from Your Word. I pray that today and every day, my thoughts would be to the interests of others. Help me to see those around me with Your eyes and value them above myself. Help me to be more humble in relationships and look to serve others as Jesus did. I surrender my selfishness to You. I praise You for the work that You continue to do in and through me! In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.