by: Michele-Lyn Ault
Lord, return me to my first love when my devotion to You was purely motivated by a deep longing to be with You, not by a desire to put my devotion on display for all to see.
Bring me back to my first love when my strongest desire was to know You more, not to be known by more. Help me be more concerned about how my Christianity looks to You, than about trying to make it look like everyone else’s.
That’s not the reason why I’m here. My devotion to You isn’t really about me at all.
Let me seek You and pray to You in secret, but let the world see a result of the praying, a result of the seeking, a result of abiding in You. Let the result be an encounter with Your grace. Let it be demonstrated in how I love, give, and serve.
When others look at my life, would those who are in darkness and are looking for the Way find a plastic, powerless God that I’ve shaped in my image? Or will they find a holy, magnificent, loving God who has the power to deliver them from darkness, heal their wounds, and bring them into His marvelous light?
Because that’s the reason that I’m here. In Jesus sweet name, I pray to You.