Lord, Compel Us to Fix Our Attention on You

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a NIV)

Slowly read through this devotional as a prayer to God:

Lord, transform my mind so that I am no longer conformed to this age. Move me in such a way, Lord, that I can un-conform to anything that is not a part of you or pleasing to you.

Wash my mind with your spirit and wisdom. Renew my mind so I am transformed by your power. I confess I do not have the ability to transform myself into someone holy before you. I cannot will it to be so. Develop my ability to discern your will and energize me to do things that are pleasing to you.

Father, I pray this prayer for my family, that we will no longer be so “well-adjusted to our culture that we fit into it without even thinking” (Romans 12:2 MSG). We want to be God-adjusted within the culture of our home, neighborhood, and community.

Lord, compel us to fix our attention on you — our God, the Holy One of Israel. Change us from the inside out. Help us to drop the weapons of the flesh we still wield when we feel threatened or confused. Teach us to pick up and use the many weapons of the Spirit you provide.

My King, we are your sons and daughters. Help us to grow to maturity and the fullness of faith.

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Use these passages for further study: Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) and Ephesians 6:10-18.

 

Jon Walker is author of “Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’.”

He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals.

This devotional © Copyright 2012 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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