These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.—–Matthew 15:8-9 (New International Version)
Dearest Abba, Father, I confess that I don’t honor You enough. I don’t worship You enough. I even take You for granted sometimes. I tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of my daily life. I don’t want to do just lip service to You. I don’t want to pray or read the Bible in a flippant and casual manner. I want to put all my mind, heart, and strength into serving You. I thank You, Abba, for Your unending patience toward me. I come to You in the midst of my messy, chaotic, and confused life. You know all the issues I am beset with. I pray that You help me focus on You instead of my problems. Help me remember that intimacy with You alone is the key to success and peace in life. Help me seek You with my whole heart. I commit my imperfections unto Your perfect hands. I pray that You forgive me and reassure me, and cover me with Your mercy. Help me today to draw closer to You, in my words, my thoughts and my deeds. Help me share more of my life with You, and through that, help me discover Your perfect will. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.