God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you. Don’t send me away from you. Don’t take your Holy Spirit away from me. Give me back the joy that comes from being saved by you. Give me a spirit that obeys you. That will keep me going, Then I will teach your ways to those who commit lawless acts and sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:10-13 NIRV
This has always been my prayer! God, create in me a pure heart with no guile, no hatred or resentment toward others. Give me a faithful spirit, one that isn’t easily drawn away by the lusts of the flesh or deceitfulness of riches or fame. Please don’t send me away because of displeasure over something I’ve done or said that was displeasing to you. I know it’s not in your nature to leave me ever, but keep me that I may never walk away from you.
The next part is what we should do daily; remembering what it was like when we first learned of forgiveness and grace. Being thankful. Always rehearsing the goodness God has poured into our lives. Then there’s the biggy: Give me a spirit that obeys you, that keeps me going. An obedient heart with a tenacious spirit.
I don’t want to miss an opportunity, an open door or a chance to affect a life for God. Constantly remind me that my life is not my own. Sometimes it thinks it is, but I have to constantly remind myself, no, flesh. You are free because of someone’s’ sacrifice and that someone was Jesus.
A love that big deserves more than I have to give so I give it all. Someday, I will stand before Him, wrap my arms around Him, hug Him hard, as I fall at His feet and kiss them. I will scream out, HOLY! WORTHY! THANK YOU! and repeat it over and over again. How I long for that day. The eternal ‘Friday’! Never to have to labor again.