Search the heart…
I the Lord search the heart… Jeremiah 17:10 NIV
I am so glad that your Word reveals the true way you judge us. For if it was based on our actions, I would be doomed. Lord God, please search my heart and see the love I have stored up for you. Make known the love I have for my friends and family. Acknowledge the tender feelings I have for the people I do life with.
In my heart, you will find the desires I have to do good, to walk in righteousness and truth. But, based on my actions, you can see that my flesh is weak and I stumble and fall repeatedly; sometimes two or three times over the same branches. And yet, I am thrilled and blessed to know that if I repent, I am forgiven time and time again. Oh God, this life is hard, so very hard at times. I know you are aware of my weaknesses and because of them, you are able to use me and make me strong when I am weak through your power.
As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Create in me a desire to rise up and be the woman you designed me to be both in my heart and in my mind so that my being will be all about Your will for me.
…in Jesus’ name. Amen.