As I open my heart and allow Jesus in
I pray for your mercy; that you make me strong from within.
Help me understand your ways, for I fear I’ll go astray
It can seem so difficult, I don’t like it this way.
Help me find the courage and strength to change my deeply rooted ways
Carry me within your arms, as I face my anger and tears each and every day.
Help me forgive others who have hurt me along the way
Help me realize it was never intentional, all the harm that came my way.
May I never forget you died for my sins and nothing will take this away
Help me to love and forgive myself, in each and every way.
Help me to understand that death is not the final act
Help me not to be afraid of what will happen next.
Help me to do good for others and value them in every way
May I have their best interests at heart, even if I’m not treated the same.
Help me to better myself a little more each day
I pray for the peace of mind that I hope will come my way.
Help me have patience with others, as you continually have for me
Let me not be a bigot or a liar, but only to walk in your ways.
Help me not to fight against you, for I cannot do this alone
I know you have a plan for me God, show me which way to go.
That I may not die without having fully lived and fully loved
Continue to calm these fears, as I learn to trust you from above.
Please give me all of these tools that I need, but most of all
please… be a part of me.
In Jesus name, A-men.
It is in our submission to Christ
that we realize the true weakness of our own flesh.
So, you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, believing He died for your sins (this may or may not include baptism) how awesome and welcome to the family!
Now what, you may wonder.
As a new Christian (by this, I simply mean a follower of Christ or a believer of Jesus) one of our greatest challenges now is learning how to live outwardly for Christ, because the world has had us looking inward for so long. It is important for us to work on developing a “Christ like” mentality verses an “expectant me” mentality.
How do we do this, you ask?
I think it’s true that a strong faith is required of all Christians. The deeper our roots are, the less likely we will be to follow a destination of temptation. The deeper our roots are, the stronger we can withstand the storms of life.
A babe in Christ is not born with these strong roots though and even a well seasoned Christian may still struggle through-out their life, because believing in Jesus does not mean a life without pain or struggles. It does not mean we won’t ever feel tempted again or that we should be “perfect” now, because our flesh just won’t let us. We ALL have moments of weakness in the flesh, but that is exactly why we need Jesus and the grace, mercy and forgiveness only He can offer us.
It is also why it’s vitally important to stay immersed in His word and why we need to maintain fellowship with our new found church family. For, the more exposed to Godly life we are, the deeper our faith and roots will become, as “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17) This means our faith will grow the more we read the Bible, pray, listen to sermons and are involved in Bible studies and Godly fellowship with each other. If we begin to fall away from these things or are taken away from them for any reason, our faith will weaken, giving Satan more opportunities to snare our hearts and thoughts once again.