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thBut as for you, keep a clear head about everything…” (2 Tim. 4:5).

Beware of imagining yourself at the center of drama.

Beware of emotions getting the best of you.

Beware of grudges.

Beware of taking anything personally.

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prayer_god1. Satisfy my soul.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14

If my soul is satisfied in Christ, I will not seek to satisfy it with sin, accomplishments, and people-pleasing.

2. Open my eyes to the wonder of Your Word.
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things in Your law.” Psalm 119:18

At times I approach the Bible more out of duty than delight. So before every devotional time, and if I find myself drifting in thought or just reading the text to check it off my daily Bible reading list, I plead out loud, “Holy Spirit, focus me. Open my eyes to BEHOLD wonderful things in Your word!”

3. Turn my heart from selfish gain.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” Psalm 119:36

My heart is inclined to selfish gain, selfish influence, selfish achievement, selfish everything. So I plead that my heart be turned away from love of self and toward love for Jesus and others by the power of the Holy Spirit.

4. Give me an undivided heart.
“Teach my your way, Oh Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” Psalm 86:11

When my heart is divided by fears, confusion, temptations, stresses, pressures, disappointments, anger, or just life distractions, I plead with God to unite my heart to fear and trust Him alone.

5. Keep me from deliberate sins.
“Keep back your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.” Psalm 19:13

I know the bent of my heart. I know the sins that will grab me by the throat if I entertain them at all. Though those sins will bring fleeting pleasure and escape, I know what they will ultimately cost me, my family, and my church. So I plead hard.

6. Help me walk in your will.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

The will of God is more about who I am than what I am doing. I pray to be captivated by Jesus in the core of who I am so that I will rejoice always, unceasingly pray, and give thanks in everything. Then I walk in confidence knowing that God will take care of everything else.

May your new year hold the same…