Thursday, May 9th


“I am not prying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world just as I am not of the world.”  John 17:15-16

Dear Lord Jesus, I don’t belong here.  It is becoming clearer and clearer to me every day.  My thoughts are so different than those who still belong to this world.  My priorities and goals in life are so divergent from theirs.  My wants, my likes, my pursuits and my passions are all from a different place.  Lord Jesus, first, I thank you that you set me apart from this world and made me an heir of eternity.  Because of your grace, this is not my home; I don’t belong here.  Then Lord when my thoughts, priorities and goals clash with those of the world protect me from those who would cause me harm.  Protect my thinking and my wanting.  Protect my planning and my pursuing.  Protect my heart, Lord, because if the evil one can get my heart then he has my life.  I pray, deliver me from the evil one by protecting my heart from his temptations.  Keep on praying this prayer before the Father’s throne that I might be protected by your praying and your power.  Amen.