Thank You Jesus for the relentless knocking on the door of my heart which opened me up to receive You. Though I was slow to answer, Your love tarried so patiently for the one who shut You out. How blind I have been to the prison walls of selfishness until You unlocked the cell with the key of grace so that I could finally experience freedom. Still, after all You have done Lord, I find myself wandering back into that prison of my thoughts. It is far too easy to center on myself again, to re-wallpaper that prison cell as if I could make it more tolerable. Why do I resist the wide open spaces of truth that only Your Word offers? It isn’t enough to read it, Lord. I know that I want to live it. Truly my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak. Help me take my thoughts captive to You, Jesus. Help me think of my own interests less and prioritize Your glory more. When I think of all You have suffered for me, all You were willing to do for my freedom, I am resolved to no longer allow my affections to wander back into the prison of my mind where negativity, sadness, hopelessness and anger reside. You created me to dwell in a garden where the fruit of joy, peace, kindness and love exist and flourish. So I thank You, Lord, that Your Spirit’s relentless power keeps me free. Under the mighty Word of the Lord abiding in me found in Mark 14:38 and the authority of Christ Jesus I bow in humble prayer.
Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 14:38, WEB