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When I’m honestly praying, “Lord, change me,” what am I actually praying? In praying, “LORD, change me,” I’m acknowledging that only God can really change me from the inside out. The prophet Jeremiah stated: “Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil” (Jeremiah 13:23). In praying, “Lord, CHANGE me,” I’m acknowledging that I need a personal transformation. Paul wrote that we “are being transformed into his image with

Over the next few weeks, I want to talk about short prayers that will change your life. Most people don’t want to change or they struggle to change. Too often we want others to change first. Someone says, “Why is he so stubborn? It’s awful. He needs to change.” Another person says, “How can she be so heartless? She knows I’m doing the best I can. Is this what I get for being kind to her?” Our tendency is to think it’s always

In the last six devotionals, I been talking about offering every part of ourselves to God. This devotional concludes this series. “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). “The body is for the Lord” (1 Corinthians 6:13). “Offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness” (Romans 6:13). One concrete way for expressing a “full surrender” is by giving God our eyes, ears, mouth, hands, and feet. “Lord, I give you my eyes

Have you ever noticed how often feet are mentioned in the Bible? “He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2). “I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word” (Psalm 119:101). In the Bible we read of feet stained with blood. Feet in the mud and mire. Feet on the solid rock. Feet in the pit. Feet on the stairway. Feet in the fire. Feet in

Through prayer we give God our hands and all that is in our hands to do: “Establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17). God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied (Exodus 4:2). Given over to God, the staff of Moses became the “staff of God” (Exodus 4:20; 17:9): Performing miraculous signs before Pharaoh. Dividing the Red Sea. Defeating God’s enemies. Bringing water from the rock. Joshua had

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