This morning as I sat down to my daily prayer and Bible study time, I felt my heart searching. I was thinking a thousand different thoughts and without prompting, 4 little words came to mind:
Make me like Christ.
So, I prayed it: Lord, Open my eyes to the least of these in this world. Never let me turn a blind eye to their needs because I have wants. Open my eyes to my children, my husband, my friends... their wants and needs and those moments that are so brief. Give me eyes to capture and cherish all these fleeting blinks-of-an-eye that brush by.
Open my heart, at all times and in all situations, to all of those around me who need love. To my husband, to my children, to the stranger down the street- open my heart so that I'm always willing and able to do as Jesus would. Open my heart so that I seep with your grace and mercy. Help the words that fill my mind travel deep within my heart so that they would change who I am.
Make a soft, merciful heart be my FIRST response.
Open my hands, Lord. Rid me of the desire to count what I have and hold onto it so tight it chokes. Open my hands so that I can let it all go... so that only what you want to give me is what remains.
Open my mind... fill me from the top of the head to the depths of my soul with your word. Help me to lock it up inside me until I bleed it through. Open my mind to your truths and glory and mercy ALONE so that they are all that dwell within my thoughts. Open my mind to looking outside my normal, to the rest of the world, that so desperately needs you.
At that moment, I knew that this prayer was life-changing. I had so often prayed bits and pieces of it before... in many other, numerous words... but never so simply. Make me like Christ.
Crack me open and let ME pour out. Rid me of ME and fill me with YOU Lord.
I want to be Free of Me.
Are you closed off or wound up? Are you ready to overflow with His abundance in your life? Are you READY for open hands, open heart, open eyes and an open mind? I was. I am. Every day before and since. It's a daily, hard processing- this dying to self.
Let's keep praying it together. Daily. It's the path to TRUE joy in this flesh.
Make me like Christ.
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