Prayer Focus for Lesson 22
No More Idols: Head to Heart Guide
Don't let your trials be wasted! Don't try to get out of your trials so quickly that you don't take the time to look up to the Father and make sure your heart believes that even while you are "at your worst", even when your weaknesses are in your face, even when you seem filled with wrong desire or shameful emotions, even at those moments He is loving you, covering you with immense mercy and grace, cheering for you, and is desiring your conversation and fellowship - even over the sins or temptations you are struggling with (study 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)!
Get a good look by faith at the beautiful God who loves us even in our places of disgrace. But don't try to feel these things, just refresh your heart by saying to Him what His word says is true about Him. Every fresh struggle with temptation is actually the best place to gain eyes of faith to see that your loving Father is steadfast and true to His Word. Take the Hebrews 4:16 "elevator" to His throne of grace and get a good look at the God of Mercy who is every ready to receive you! This will establish your heart (Hebrews 13:9).
Father, You are loving me with perfect, unconditional love even now, even in times of great trial and temptation. You are not holding my weaknesses against me. What an amazing God you are! Your gentleness is making me great and giving me strength. Your strength is even now being made perfect in my weakness! Your perfect love is casting out my fears! You are at work even through this for my good. I am truly finding Your grace in my place of dis-grace! Keep coming to my rescue as I call on Your Name.