CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART
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March 7 - Confession of the Heart: Self-reliance
Proverbs 3:5 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess that I trust in myself for the majority of life's decisions. While I trust You for my salvation, I don't always trust You for daily decisions. So much of my life is making decisions based on what is best for me without regard to what You want from me. Lord, forgive me for not trusting You with my whole being. You are God, and I am not. Help me to live in full reliance upon You!
Proverbs 16:18 - “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Prayer: Father God, I come before You and confess that I see and recognize the pride within my heart. I leave you out of so many decisions and areas of my life because I think I can handle it all. Forgive me for trusting in myself more than trusting in You.
John 3:30 - “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Prayer: Father God, I come before You, recognizing that You are God and I am not. As humbly as I know how I submit to You. I surrender every aspect of my life, my day, and my choices to You. Lord, may You increase in my heart, in my thoughts, and my deeds while I decrease the thoughts about myself.
Proverbs 29:11 - “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
Prayer: Father God, I confess that this season of life has produced frustration and anger deep within my spirit. I know that my anger does not honor You. Lord, please forgive me for the anger filled words and thoughts that have overtaken me. I need your wisdom more now than ever.
James 1:19-20 - “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Prayer: Father God, I know that anger is more prevalent in my life than patience, but I am seeking You to help me. Lord, I surrender my need... to be in control, to be right and to make it all about me. Lord grow within me the patience to love and honor You and others.
James 1:6 - "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."
Prayer: God, I haven't believed that You would come through for me. I'm beaten up by life and feeling alone. When I look around, I have a hard time seeing Your hand at work in my life. But Your word says to choose faith over my doubt. You promise that you won't leave me, so I can believe that You're with me. Help me to live in this confidence today.
James 1:2 - "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds." James 1:2
Prayer: Father, my surrender to these circumstances won't bring me joy, but my obedience and faith in You alone will. Help me to remember that joy is a fruit that is produced by Your Spirit in me. So I will stay close to You today. I will surrender my life to whatever You have for me, and with joy, I'll give you back the praise.
James 3:16 - "For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please search my heart and show any selfishness I may be holding in my heart. I confess that too often, I'm only thinking of myself, how I've been wronged, my happiness, and only concerned with my well-being. Please forgive me for my self-centeredness. I ask that You change my heart and make it more like the heart of Jesus. Help me to look at the world through Your eyes and live to serve others as Jesus would. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
Philippians 2:3-5 - "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus"
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving me direction from Your Word. I pray that today and every day, my thoughts would be to the interests of others. Help me to see those around me with Your eyes and value them above myself. Help me to be more humble in relationships and look to serve others as Jesus did. I surrender my selfishness to You. I praise You for the work that You continue to do in and through me! In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
1 John 2:16 - "For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world."
Prayer: God, I confess I have fallen into the trap of loving the things of this world more than I should. I am sorry. Forgive me when I let my wants, desires, and cravings of this world take up more space in my thoughts and heart than You and what You have commanded. Keep my eyes focused on You, Jesus.
Matthew 6:19-20 - "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Prayer: Jesus, help me to live my life with an eternal focus. Convict me through Your Spirit of things I'm holding in my hands that have no value. And through Your Spirit and Word, refocus my thoughts and heart towards heaven. I want my life to count, help me to invest my gifts and resources for Your glory. Amen.
Matthew 11:28 - "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come before You with a weary and burdened heart. I confess that I have been trying to hold on tight to the control I think I have in life. I try to do things my way instead of Your way because I think I know best. Please help me to release that desire and trust in You. Thank you, Lord, that I don't have to be in control because I can rest in Your arms, the one who truly is in control over everything. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Proverbs 23:26 - "My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the peace that I find when I trust in You and not in my own ways. I surrender my heart, will, thoughts, desires, and ways to You. As I continually surrender and draw near to You, help me become more like the person You created me to be! In Jesus' name, Amen.
Exodus 20:3 - "You shall have no other gods before me."
Prayer: Lord, I have broken your commandment so many times. You created me to worship You, but I choose to worship other gods. It's so easy to worship the seen rather than the unseen. There are so many things that distract me from Your presence that I can't even list them all. I am constantly tempted to spend more of my time, money, and talent on things that promise temporary adrenaline pleasures but ultimately leave me empty and unfulfilled.... yet I keep repeating this sin. Like Paul, I do what I don't want to do, and I don't do what I want to do because of the sin in me. Please forgive me today and take Your rightful place on the throne of my life.
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Prayer: Lord, my heart's desire is to place You and Your plans first in my life, but I can't do this on my own. Only You can help me. Today, as I renew my mind with the help of your Spirit, please reveal the hidden sins that are sucking the life out of me so that I am not deceived any longer. Give me the power to crush them all one by one. Make my life a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You. Today, I surrender my time, treasure, and talent to You above all other things.
Luke 12:15 - "Then Jesus said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.'"
Prayer: God, help me guard against the desires I have that aren't from You. I know that I'm guilty of selfishly wanting more for myself, and I know that isn't from You. Would You break me today of that selfishness? Help me to see the gifts and blessings You have given me as not simply for my benefit but for the benefit of those around me as well. Make my heart look more like Yours. Amen.
Acts 20:35 - "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Prayer: God, I thank You for the example and the encouragement of others like Paul, that challenge and encourage me to become more like You. It is not my nature to be generous, but I want to be. Prompt me and show me the opportunities in front of me to use what You have given me for Your Kingdom and for Your glory. Thank You for this gift of partnering with You in the mission!
Proverbs 16:28 - "A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."
Prayer: God, I confess that my words haven't always been honoring towards You and others. I have at times caused hurt and pain through words of gossip. I repent of causing strain and separation in my relationships because of my words. Help me to be wise and cautious with the things I say and how I say them.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 - "God thank you for your word which brings life and encouragement to my soul."
Prayer: God I surrender my words and my conversations to You. Let my words be words that build others up. Help my conversations bring encouragement and hope to my friends and family. I know this will only happen through surrender to You. So, God, today, I surrender my words to You to be used to bring life.