Awaken Within Me

By Beth Fore

“My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast; I will sing
and make music.  Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!  I will
awaken the dawn.  I will praise
you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching
to the heavens; your faithfulness
reaches to the skies.  Be exalted,
O God, above the heavens; let
your glory be over all the earth.”

(Psalm 57:7-11 NIV)

Awaken Within Me

Awaken within me, Father,
Your spirit of mercy and grace.
Remind me of Your forgiveness
that frees me from sin’s disgrace.

Awaken within me, Father,
a heart filled with humility.
Rid me of my self and pride.
Make me who You want me to be.

Awaken within me, Father,
a love filled with passion.
Fill me with the desire for You
over any thing and any one.

Awaken within me, Father,
an attitude of thanksgiving.
You are the source of all goodness
and my purpose for living.

Awaken within me, Father,
a hope I cannot measure.
Bless me with Your abundant love
for that is my greatest treasure.

by Beth Fore

*Only God has the power to create us, renew us, and awaken our souls when they fall asleep.  When we call upon the Holy Spirit, He will awaken us and create a new heart and fervor within us to rekindle the fire of passion we have for God in our hearts.

“Awake, my soul!  Awake, harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn.  I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;” (Psalm 57:7-9 NIV)

Just as the psalmist approached a new day by crying out to God to awaken him, so should we pray this prayer each morning.  We start our day by praising God and thanking him for a new day and new blessings, and we ask Him to awaken the day, the music, and our souls!  When we start our day like this, our focus is on God and His goodness; and we ask Him to guide us through the day to be the people He wants us to be!

We ask God to awaken His spirit of mercy and grace within us.  As human beings, we often forget that the sovereign Lord over everything has poured out His mercy and grace on us through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus, on the cross.  There is NO greater sacrifice and gift than the gift of Jesus Christ.  His death took on ALL of the sins of the world and offered grace, forgiveness, and pardon to every one who will accept it.  We must re-visit this idea over and over again because understanding God’s grace and forgiveness for us is necessary for us to show mercy, grace, and forgiveness to our fellow human beings.  We must ask God to help us be loving, merciful, and forgiving to every person we meet.

We should also ask God to awaken our hearts to the magnificence and omnipotence of Almighty God.  We must recognize God as the one and the only great I AM, and we are only a creation of God.  He made us, shapes us, has a purpose for our lives, and He desires that we give up our wills and obey His will in all things.  Then we will be humble because we recognize that we are nothing without God.

Let us also ask God to awaken the hope within our hearts.  Hope in a better tomorrow is what sustains and motivates all of us.  People who do not believe in Jesus Christ have no hope for a better tomorrow.  Their hope ends the day their body dies.  Christians have hope because God promises that we will live forever with Him when we trust and obey Him!

APPLICATIONS

  1. Are you passionate about Jesus and on fire for God?  If not, what do you need God to awaken in you?
  2. Do you begin the day by talking to God and thanking him for His goodness and asking for His guidance?  If not, you might try this for a week and see if it makes a difference in your life.
  3. Are you gracious and merciful and forgiving in your daily relationships?  If not, what are some things you can do to change?
  4. Do you seek God’s will for your life by asking Him to guide you and lead you where you want to go?  If not, try doing this and see what happens.

If you have questions about how to follow Jesus or deepen your relationship with Him, email us at NLBIministry@gmail.com.

Here’s an article about becoming a Christian. https://woww.newlifebehavior.org/what-it-means-to-follow-jesus-how-to-become-a-christian/

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