Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:7-10 (ESV)
All that I am. All that I have. All that I hope to be is yours. I give myself and my entire being to you. I submit all my thoughts and words and deeds to you. I want everything about me to be pleasing in your sight. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I don’t want there to be there to be any double-mindedness in me. I want to love and follow and serve you with single hearted, white hot, passionate devotion. I want to shine brightly for you in the world. This in the desire and prayer of my heart. This desire and your prayer comes from me. I have given you this desire and will I grant you this prayer of your heart.
That’s great. That’s fantastic. That is better news than I could have hoped for or even imagined. Why is that? I know that I am a sinner. I have sinned and I will sin. I will fall short. I will not measure up. I will make mistakes. I will take missteps. I will go where I should not have gone. I will do what I should not have done. I will sometimes fail to go and do your will. I know that, not all I will think, say or do will be pleasing in your sight. But, I will keep on confessing my sins to you. I will keep on drawing near to you. I will keep on submitting my heart and mind and life to you. I will not draw back. I will not retreat. I will not run away. No, I will run from temptation and evil. I will run to you for help. Temptation and evil will flee from me as I humble and submit myself to you. You will strengthen me. You will sustain me. You will support me as come to rely on you. I know that, you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. I know that, you will lift me up as I keep on humbling myself before you. You will use me. You will work in me. You will work through me as I keep on submitting myself to you. Yes, I will and that will be very good.
sLord, I will submit my thoughts, words, deeds and entire life to you. You are my God. I love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Thank you that you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. Thank you that evil will flee as I submit myself to you. Amen
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