There has got to be some joke about it taking me three days to post a prayer on perseverance I just haven’t been able to sit down and work as much on my prayers this week. But I think a part of that is because working on these prayers has pushed me to more faithfulness in other areas of my life. I hope I can get back on a daily track, but if not, I may just continue past the end of the month.
Day 13: A Prayer for Perseverance
Lord, forgive me for how easily I am distracted by the world, by doing, going, seeing that I have not sat down and taken the time to pray these past few days. My heart is so easily swayed. I know where I want to be – here – but there is so many other things I could be doing, or think I should be doing.
I know that in so many ways, the hardest part of my walk is not the not doing, the avoiding sin, but it’s the doing. It’s doing what I should be, developing those habits of grace. Resisting the days of sinking into the bed and just reading blogs all day. Letting myself do the least and not working those muscles of faith. Not resting in God, but trying to recuperate my limited capacities.
Lord, give me the faith to persevere. To fight the fight of faith. To push through the days like today and the weeks like this week, when I am so tired that I can let myself just do those things that I think absolutely must be done. Help me to persevere in grace, to know that prayer is what fuels getting anything else done. Protect me from my constant tendency to try and just get by.
I don’t even know how to pray this prayer today, so maybe I will just let your Spirit say it through your word.