It’s difficult to maintain a tender heart these days. Like everyone, you face lots of pressure. You encounter people who are angry, sad or frustrated — and it hurts. Your own troubles weigh you down. And as a defense, you might be tempted to harden your heart.
But a hard heart keeps God’s Spirit out too. A hardened heart doesn’t feel much pain or joy. It’s afraid to love. So return to the Lord to have your heart restored. He waits for you now and always.
Let the Lord renew you. Let him return your heart of flesh. Let him give you a heart like Jesus’.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.Ezekiel 36:26
PRAYER FOR A HEART LIKE JESUS’
O blessed Lord,
I’ve been through so much. I’m beat, down & tired. So many worries. So much pain. My own failure faces me.
Can you help me, O Lord? Will you lift up this weary child once again?
May your Spirit speak to my spirit again. I listen. I trust & believe. I refuse to accept that all is lost. I reject the lies of the enemy telling me there’s no hope. The Lord cleanses me. He heals me.
For my God is the God of the living, and Jesus Christ my salvation. So I will embrace life as difficult as it may be. And my heart will hurt sometimes.
But Jesus loves me with a human heart. Give me a heart like his heart. Healthy. Strong. Full of life.
Not afraid to feel. Not afraid to love.
In Jesus’ name I pray,