“Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. Let your soul be filled with a sense of the excellence of Christ.” –Robert Murray M’Cheyne
We come to you today as weak and sinful women. Sometimes it can feel as though our lives are characterized by failures, unmet goals, and faithlessness. Even on our best days, we are acutely aware of our unworthiness to be called your daughters.
But as we gaze upon our own messy and imperfect lives, would you lift our eyes to the throne of your Son? Would you give us a vision of our loving Savior and victorious King!
We praise you because your affections for us are not be based upon our ability (or rather inability) to please you, but instead they are secured by Christ’s perfect obedience on our behalf. We know that because our substitute–Jesus Christ–never sinned, we can enjoy the blessings of your perfect, overwhelming and abundant love. Would you allow us to live in the freedom of this knowledge today?
We also know that the ability to please you and bring glory to your Name is something only you can bring about. You are able to use even the frailest of women for your good purposes and can take our meager, flawed offerings of obedience and produce great fruit for your Kingdom. You delight in revealing your strength through our weakness, your wisdom through our ignorance, your faithfulness through our fickleness. We offer ourselves up to be used as vessels for the spreading of your gospel. Fill us up today and send us out into our homes, our communities, our workplaces, and our schools to be poured out again for the glory of your Name. We desire that your name be glorified, not our own.
Yes Lord, would you help us to look not at ourselves, but at Jesus today. Help us to draw near to this Jesus who could raise the dead to life, could give the blind their sight, and make the lame walk. This Jesus who has chosen to shower us with his immeasurable grace. Give us a vision of his untamable power and his unfathomable gentleness that we might be captivated by his character. We can get so distracted and disheartened by our failures, but you desire for us to cling to the cross where they were all paid for by our merciful Savior.
Teach our souls to trust in this good news and fill our souls with a sense of the excellence of Christ.
In this is freedom.
In this is joy.
In our Savior’s holy name we pray, Amen.