For some time now my prayers are about consistency: in emotions, conduct, responses, in seeking God. I hated being “good”, for a while then not, I would become so disappointed in myself when my flesh was allowed to rule. I desire to be consistent in all areas of my life spiritual and secular.
The greatest thing about this life is that God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness. That’s the main reason he asked us to meditate on his word day and night. To will and to do… There is no life challenge that I am not able to overcome that his word does not guided us on.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3 NLT
One example I can look at is David’s prayer in Psalms 51. Let’s zero into a specific portion as we seek to be configured by God’s word.
This Psalms was written by David when sinned, he knew the importance of repentance first and consistency to continue. Verse ten (10) says, Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV). David understood that he needed these two traits to press forward to completion.
I know how easy it is to fall into my sinful nature and because of this I pray for consistency. I want to demonstrate the fruits of the spirit in me at all times. If David who modeled a relationship with God even before Christ came can do it, then it’s a pattern for us to follow. His prayer to be steadfast (consistent) should be our pray daily. As I pray for consistency I look for the triggers that can cause me to be inconsistent. With knowledge of those triggers, I can now avoid or run from, even rehearse my response so to not fall. Yes! It’s that real. I am reminded of Paul’s response in 1 Corintians 9: 27 as I write this, he said, … I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. It’s all for God’s glory, what I teach and do should align.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Oh how I know this all too well, in our hearts we want to conform to the word of God, but out flesh sometimes takes us down. None of us ever plan to fall, but I have come to realise that a fall is evident when we have not prepared for the what ifs and implement measures called boundaries before hand or when we don’t look out for the way of escape. This will is within us, now we need the power to do. To will and to do. That’s what David asked for, a willing spirit to sustain him, to keep him going, to get him out of temptation.
Lord help us to be consistent, as we will in our hearts help us to now do. In Jesus name amen.