Theme of the Week: Recharging Your Heart Through Prayer
Bible Verse: “And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all.” Acts 1:24a ESV
Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1-26
Heavenly Father, there are so many things attributed to you in the Scriptures that are clearly not our domain. Heart-knowing is one of them. We often speak of being drawn to someone’s heart, or of being offended, confused, or shut out from their heart, but only you really know what’s in each of our hearts.
That’s why we pray with humility and joy, “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (Ps. 139:23), for we cannot and must not trust our own diagnosis. There is nothing more deceitful on the face of the earth than the heart, including our hearts (Jer. 17:9). Only you understand the ways of the heart, Father. Only you can cure its great sickness.
Sometimes we think of ourselves much more highly than we ought—so wanting to believe we’re more like Jesus than reality affirms. Sometimes we fall into shame and contempt and act like strangers to your mercy and grace, like orphans without a Father above or your Spirit within. Sometimes we just think about ourselves too much, period. Way too often, we arrogantly assume we know what’s in the hearts of others, playing judge and jury. Forgive us and free us from such meanness and madness.
Father, here’s our sure and only hope: Through Jesus, you’ve already sprinkled clean water on us and have declared us to be clean. You’ve cleansed us from our impurities and are freeing us from our idols. You’ve already given us a new heart and placed your Spirit within us. You removed our stony hearts and gave us hearts of flesh—hearts that beat for you and your glory (Ezek. 36:24–27). What a generous and powerful God you are!
And you will complete this good work you’ve begun in each of us and in all of creation (Phil. 1:6). Justified sinners are destined to be your glorified children (Rom. 8:30). Oh, how we praise you for the peace and assurance we enjoy, all because the gospel is true. Help us to walk in greater humility before you and in observable kindness toward one another. We pray in Jesus’ loving and heart-transforming name. Amen.
From Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith. Copyright ©2011 by Scotty Smith. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. bakerpublishinggroup.com
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