Lord God Almighty, by the power of Your Spirit, make all my vain tendencies vanish. Let the fragrance of Christ so permeate my life that the noxious fumes of selfishness disappear like morning mist before a bright sun of a fresh day. For though I live in this world, let my soul not be pervaded by the culture of independent living. I need You, Jesus. I lean into Your strength, God, because on my own I am nothing. God, You are my hiding place and my refuge. When the waters of my soul run dry only You can lead me back to the banks of the river of life. When I have followed the shadows of weariness into the land of despair only Your Spirit can revive my soul. May my ears be forever tuned to the sweetness of Your whispers, Jesus. May my heart perpetually cling to Your promises. I find delight in our union. I find peace in Your presence. You have put Your banner of grace over me as both protection and guide. Let me resolutely trust in You as You vanquish the lingering smoke of rebellion by turning the incense of my prayer offering into the eternal fragrance of Christ so my days will become a wafting legacy of faith. Under the message of the Word in John 12:25-26 and the authority of Christ, I pray.
Anyone who loves their life will lose it,
while anyone who hates their life in this world
will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, my servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves Me.
John 12:25-26, NIV