A Prayer for Persons Who Are Emotionally and/or Spiritually Immature
Psalm 89:1-11, Hebrews 5:11-14 – 6:1-12
Reflections of the Heart:
When a child begins to crawl, the next logical step is for them to begin to walk. Once a child begins to babble, we expect that with age, they will speak coherently. So it is in the Kingdom of God. As believers, we should always be learning, growing and maturing in the Word of God. As a Church Family, we should be continually moving from the milk to the meat of God’s Word.
Father, with all that we are, we will praise You. We will praise Your Name as long as we live. You made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. You keep every promise forever. You are righteous in everything that You do, You are filled with kindness. Lord, You are close to all who call on You in truth. You grant the desires of those who fear You; You hear their cries for help and rescue them. You are the Great I AM. We praise and honor Your holy and awesome Name. Thank You for Your Word which instructs and guides us. Thank You for Your rod and Your staff which protects and comforts us. Thank You for Your love which can never be separated from us.
Father, You have given pastors and teachers to the Windsor Village Church Family to equip us to do Your work and to build up the church, the Body of Christ. It is Your will that we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of Your Son that we will be mature in You Lord; measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ Jesus. Therefore, we confess that as members of WVUMC, we will be a community that does not need to be ashamed and who corretly explains the Word of truth. Lord, it is not Your desire for us to be unskilled in the Word of righteousness like babes in Christ, but You want our senses to be developed to recognize the difference between right and wrong like those who are mature. We declare that we are a body of believers who are becoming very skillful in God’s Word and more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadership. We know that if we live according to the flesh we will die, but if we live by the Spirit and put the deeds of the body to death, we will live. We confess that, daily, we are moving from the sincere milk of God’s Word to becoming meat-eaters.
Holy Spirit, show me the areas of my life where I am still a spiritual infant and what I need to do to mature in those areas:
Holy Spirit, enlighten our hearts through the Word. Help the members of our Church Family to obtain complete knowledge of the Father’s will and to walk in spiritual wisdom and understanding. Once we do this, then we will know that our lives will always honor and please the Lord and we will produce every kind of good fruit. Stir up our hearts to hunger and thirst after righteousness so that we may be filled. Holy Spirit, please help those who are emotionally immature to commit their ways to You and help them to manage their emotions. Increase Your confidence in the lives of those persons with low self-esteem and cause them to know in their hearts that God has given them everything they need to live a godly life. Arrest the hearts and souls of all persons who struggle with spiritual immaturity to move from spiritual milk to eating the solid food of Your Word.
Father, please forgive those members who do not acknowledge You in all of their ways. Forgive them for depending on themselves instead of You, Your Son and Your Holy Spirit. Forgive those who carry offenses, grudges, and anger. Forgive those who have been lazy about learning more about You. Forgive all of us for acts of pride, rebellion, disobedience, selfishness, hatred, and idolatry. Forgive those members who, instead of walking by faith, allow their passions and lusts to lead them. Lord, remind us all of those persons we need to forgive; and help us to be quick to forgive.
Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.
Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations. Who will not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? You alone are Holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous deeds have been revealed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 146:1-2,6, Psalm 145:17-19, Exodus 3:14, Psalm 23:4, Ephesians 4:!1-13, II Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 5:13-14, Romans 8:13, Colossians 1:9-10, Matthew 5:6, II Peter 1:3, Proverbs 3:6, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 15:3-4
Today, I will trust God to: