This prayer is the primary one that teaches me how to walk in the Spirit. I pray some version of this prayer daily, several times throughout my day. The Lord has used this prayer more than any other to keep me focused and directed. I hope it encourages you.
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Help me to see what I cannot see (Hebrews 11:27). To know what I do not understand (1 Corinthians 2:14). To sense what I need to perceive to keep in step with your Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Help me not to become hard-hearted (Hebrews 3:7). I do not want a desensitized conscience (Romans 2:14-15).
I need the Spirit to illuminate my mind (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Bring conviction to those areas that are dull to me (Hebrews 5:12-14). Keep me back from violating my conscience (Hebrews 4:7-8). Send merciful encouragements that motivate me (Romans 2:4) to turn from any evil way (Jeremiah 25:5), no matter how small they may appear to me.
Keep me from justifying actions that grieve the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). I don’t want to fall into the rationalization trap (Isaiah 5:21). Remove all blaming from my thought life (Genesis 3:13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6). I am not a helpless victim (John 16:33). Fallen, but not unable to change (Romans 5:12). Attacked, but not without hope (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
I am asking you to do what you promised to those who seek you (Philippians 1:6; James 4:6; 1 Corinthians 1:8-9). I’m appealing to you (Philippians 4:6). I need you right now and every future moment of my life (Philippians 4:19).
I trust you and your judgments (Psalm 119:66). I know you’ll deal judicially with me (1 John 1:9). I also know that I cannot trust myself without you (Jeremiah 17:9). You are my heart treasure and comforting guide (Matthew 6:21; John 17:17, 16:13). I don’t want to quench that relationship.
Keeping in step with your Spirit will give me direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). You are my only lifeline (Colossians 3:3). There are no other options (Deuteronomy 30:19). Your Word will save me from those things that interfere with the Christlike life you offer (Psalm 119:11, 105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Teach me to say no to sin (Titus 2:12). This response to evil can happen if you give me your illuminating Comforter to shine His light on what is right and wrong (Romans 8:26-27; Galatians 5:18).
May the voice of the Spirit and my inner voice be in harmony (Romans 5:1). I don’t want a weak, soft, or hard conscience (1 Corinthians 8:7; 1 Timothy 4:2). I want a biblically-informed one that is affirmed moment by moment by the illuminating voice of the Spirit (John 16:13).
Being tuned to any other thing will defame you, bring harm to me while separating me from my brothers and sisters (Isaiah 59:2; Ephesians 2:14). It will take courage to hear what you say and respond in biblical ways (Mark 5:36; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 16:13). And that is the crux (cross) of the matter (John 3:14, 3:30, 12:32).
Keep back your servant from these sins; do not let them have dominion over me (Psalm 19:13).
I don’t want to be a hearer of your Words, but not a doer of them (James 1:22). I need your unmerited favor (Ephesians 2:8) to convince and empower me to respond to what I know to be true from you. Don’t give up on me (Psalm 121:7). Give me persevering grace (Romans 5:4).
Help me to move forward with the knowledge you give me (2 Timothy 3:7; 2 Peter 1:3-4), working it out (Philippians 2:12-13) in practical ways that continue to transform me (Romans 12:1-2) and my relationships (1 Corinthians 12:25; 1 Peter 3:8).
Your servant forever (Mark 10:45),
1 Timothy 1:15-16
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