A Prayer for More Freedom

Leave a comment

February 27, 2017 by directorfsm

everyday-prayers{Understanding God is sovereign in our lives does not mean we should sit back and just let stuff happen. Communion with God through prayer is our most powerful tool to understanding God’s call to action, His will for our lives.*}

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8: 36)

Dear Jesus, I’m still not as free as you intend. Though you’ve already freed me from trying to earn my salvation by anything I do or based on anything in me; though you’ve already liberated me from the illusion that I can earn more of God’s love by ramping up my obedience and decreasing my foolishness; though the chains of condemnation have already been broken and the fears of death, judgment day, and the future have been sent packing— I’m still not as free as you intend.

 I’m still a babe, a neophyte, a raw rookie in so many gospel freedoms. Only the gospel helps me see and acknowledge these things. Only your grace keeps me from going to shame and self-contempt as I offer these prayers.

Jesus, please free me so I can be less irritated, and less often, with fewer people. Please turn my hair-trigger reactions into slower, wiser responses. Please help me to use fewer words and more listening when engaging others. Please unshackle me from the illusion of control and my commitment to a pain-free heart.

 Jesus, please liberate me from thinking about the next thing, so I can be present in the current moment. Please help me make better eye contact and heart connection with others. Please help me to be more intrigued with people I don’t know and less timid around strangers.

 Jesus, please break even more of the chains of my insecurities. Please free me from the graveclothes of feeling incompetent about important things in life. Please unfetter me from thinking too much about what I’m not by showing me more of you and who I am in you.

 Jesus, please free me for greater spontaneity, louder laughter, saltier tears, and quicker repentances. I pray in your most compassionate name. Amen.

Smith, Scotty. Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 72). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

{* My addition}


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



International Network of Prison Ministries

%d bloggers like this: