PRAY: Prayer for Those Who Need a New Attitude
“____________ isn’t treating me with respect.”
“____________ borrowed something of mine—again—without asking.”
“____________ doesn’t see things from my perspective.”
This morning, all these thoughts ran through my head before it left my pillow. I wish I could say I responded in prayer. I start my day that way (almost) every day. But today, I brooded and stewed. I fretted and fussed—all in stony silence. Outwardly calm (as long as no one made a close inspection), I was inwardly upset. And it was everyone else’s fault.
At least in my head. But some time in the Word and a prayerwalk later, and I realized the source of the problem. She stared back at me from the bathroom mirror.
Once again, I’d allowed myself to listen to wrong voices, focus on wrong things, and ended up with a wrong attitude. So today, I’m praying for you.
Because I know you. And I know that–today or another day–you’re just like me.
God, today I bring to You my bad attitude. No one else gave it to me. Nobody else caused it. Although it often seems contagious, I know it doesn’t spread like a virus. The true problem with my attitude bears my name.
I can’t fix this myself, Lord. I’m grumpy. I’m crabby. I’m touchy—and no one had better touch me, because those bitter bubbles simmering under the surface might explode.
Father, today I need You to fix my attitude. I need You to help me take the form of a servant. I need You to help me consider others more important than myself. I need You to replace my haughtiness with humility, my pouting with praise.
I need You to change me, because I can’t change myself.
Jesus, You gave us the perfect example of someone who put Himself last. When scorned, mocked, and lied about, You remained silent. When reviled, You did not revile in return. You had every chance to spew words of hatred but spoke words of healing and forgiveness instead.
Today, my Master, move me to lay myself down on Your altar. I acknowledge my inability to do even that much on my own. Live, move, and breathe through me. Help me to die as You live Your life through me. I can’t get it right—but You can. In Your holy name I pray, AMEN.
Because of website updates (HUGE shoutout to Tekeme Studios for the new look), I’ve been away from Read. Write. Pray for a whole month. And I didn’t want to return with a bad attitude (hence today’s prayer).
If you have a bad attitude, you don’t have to tell us about it. But if you’d like prayer, feel free to share in the comments below or use the “Contact” link to email me. Either way, I’m praying for you, and rejoicing in the changes He’s making—inside and out.