Yes, the title is correct. Our prayer this week may seem strange, but it is essential. Like everything else related to Jesus and the Bible, it must be properly understood and balanced in practice. As always, our purpose, despite focusing on ourselves, is for the glory of God.
Lord, help me give up my desires. This world has much that is desirable (1 John 2.16). Denying this is pointless, and rising above it is futile. Accepting it, on the other hand, can be beneficial. Only then will one be cautious and learn to be dependent upon Jesus. At the heart of Christianity is denial (Mark 8.34). Denial only exists when desire is present. The Bible does not teach denial just for the sake of denial. Instead, a shift in desire is necessary. An example of this shift, or turning, is seen in 1 Thessalonians 1.8-10.
Lord, help me give up a life of ease. From Genesis to Revelation, we learn a common theme. God’s people did not have easy lives. It is work (1 Thessalonians 1.3). It brings persecution (2 Timothy 3.12). It alienates and separates (John 3.19-21). It is compared to taking up one’s cross (Matthew 10.38). Is it worth it? Jesus taught that it was worth it. I fully trust Him.
Lord, help me give up myself as master. This entire prayer is summed up well in Matthew 6.24. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other.” Our prayer this week is very straightforward – and demanding. Yet, my own life continues to demonstrate the need to give up. With regard to mastery over my own life, I have failed. My Lord, in contrast, has proven qualified.
Lord, help me give up