A Prayer to Keep Me From What I Want

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Dear Father, please keep me from wanting life to serve my dreams and my wishes. Keep me from trying to fit you into the narrative of my desires, even the ones I think are good!

My dreams are too small, my desires are too selfish, my actions are too sinful for me to focus on what I think is best. You know my weaknesses. I pray you would give me the courage to see that my life is about Christ. I need to follow his life and love you as he did on earth. I pray my life would be about adding to your reputation. I pray my focus would be consumed with showing gratitude for the grace and mercy given to me. None of this can happen as long as I think life is about what I need. Help me to see that because you are my shepherd I have all I need. 

Father, I confess that my energy is too often spent on the script I want to write. Help me to have the humility to see that you are the only one I can trust to write my script, my story. May you grant that my story would become your story. May your words become my words, your thoughts, my thoughts. 

I confess that I often want only what seems good to me and for me. Help me see that what I want most, even it is a “good” thing, may not be what you want for me. Help me to love you more than what I love here on earth.

I pray for clarity and grace to see that you do not treat me as my sins deserve. I pray for wisdom not to trust what I think my story should be. I pray for the grace to see that obeying you is my blessing and my reward.

May my life become a living narrative that points to you and not to me. I pray to you, the ultimate scriptwriter, in the name of Jesus, your son, my savior, and my God. Amen.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.