Monday, August 11, 2014

The Scariest Prayer Every Christian Should Pray

I'm not sure if it was in a sermon or if it was simply part of a discussion, maybe at community group, but I have been reminded recently of the scariest prayer every Christian should pray. It is simply this.

Jesus make me more like you.

This should be the desire of everyone who follows Christ. Scripture tells us we are meant to become more like Jesus.

"For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might become the firstborn of many brothers." 
~Romans 8:29

So why then is this scary? Because it is a prayer God will answer and most likely it will be a painful process. Why is it painful? Because to be more like Christ we must die to ourselves and join in Christ's sufferings. This will look different for everyone, but God will do whatever it takes to make us more like Jesus. Jesus loved without being loved. He gave freely and generously. He healed but always reached out for peoples souls. He communed with God and did exactly what He gave Jesus to do. He denied Himself and became a servant and gave His life as a ransom for many.

As Christ followers we are called to live like Jesus, and that is not easy. We can never be perfect, but because of the Holy Spirit living in us we can live more like Christ everyday. This means He will weed sin out of our hearts. He will put us in positions to practice living like Him. None of this is easy. But it is what is best for us.

Are you willing to pray this prayer?

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