Prayer: Create in me an understanding and compassionate heart Lord

How often, O Lord, do I just seem to miss it? How often do I wander through my life as I am and not necessarily as I should be? I confess to You that I don’t always offer of myself as I should. There are times in my life where I look to the struggles that others face and it’s not that I don’t understand, it’s that I don’t even really try to understand. Whatever the reasons may be there are times when the love I need to show is distant from me as I fail to show compassion to those who are in need of it most.

I know it is a weakness within me, one that prevents me from serving others as my blessed Savior himself served them. I know it is a failing within me, one that I struggle with, one that I want to do better in, to be better in, living in a joyous service as a benefit to those around me. I want to live in this way, not just when it suits me or when I feel like it, but every day of my life as I give of myself freely, as I understand rightly and love unconditionally.

Take me then Lord and cast Your Spirit upon me, strengthening my heart and renewing my soul daily as You elevate me above myself, lifting me beyond my own pettiness, my own weakness, my own shortcomings and failings. Take me and mold me, craft me in to the person You intend for me to be, the one who strives to constantly uplift and edify those around me, to give of myself freely to those who struggle. I may not always understand what they are going through, but when You come upon me and lead me, according to Your grace and mercy, according to Your love and hope, I can act in compassion and share in the burden that is upon them presently.

This is who I want to be, this is who I need to be in Your wondrous calling that created in me a sincere faith that desires nothing more than to serve You. Strengthen me and guide me Lord that I then may serve you by serving others each and every day of my life.

In the name of Your Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who taught me to love when He first loved me, Amen.

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