Take a moment to refresh, refocus, and refine your faith.
Lord, I can have no understanding of the severity of my spiritual poverty unless you reveal it to me. I am so mired in my sin and worldly ways of thinking that without your divine intervention I will remain utterly blind. Father, I ask that you teach me your loving discipline. Help me recognize and repent of my sins wholeheartedly and not shy away from the pain of grieving them. Thank you, God, for loving me enough to correct me. Thank you for desiring more for me than my petty and selfish wants. Help me walk faithfully and obediently through the lifestyle of sanctification ahead. In Jesus’ name I ask this. Amen.
I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.' Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the LORD.