Taking On My Yoke


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Here’s what I want to do with the rest of our time. I want us to try to experience God’s deep love for us for about five minutes.

We start by asking the Spirit to reveal to us an area of sin that God wants to deal with, in this action we are dealing with the issues of transformation that God wants to accomplish. When we try to name our sin apart from the Spirit, we are mostly naming things that are tied up in our picture or image of ourselves, which might not be how God see us or is what God wants to work on in us.

There are at least four steps:

  1. Ask the Spirit to reveal your sin, then confess (state) your sin. (Psalm 51:1)
    (God initiates our transformation, he calls to repentance.)
  2. Ask the Spirit to reveal the thoughts and feelings behind your sin. (Psalm 51:6)
    (You need the Spirit help to teach you this wisdom)
  3. Ask for forgiveness (Psalm 51:7-11)
    (Soak in God’s forgiveness Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 3:1)
  4. Ask God for help in planning the next step (Psalm 51:13-15)

I confess, O God –
that often I let my mind wander down unclean and forbidden ways;
that often I deceive myself as to where my plain duty lies:
that often, by concealing my real motives, I pretend to be better than I am:
that often my honesty is only a matter of policy (not of action):
that often my affection for my friends is only a refined form of caring for myself:
that often my sparing of my enemy is due to nothing more than cowardice:
that often I do good deeds only that they may be seen of men, and shun evil ones because I fear they may be found out.
O holy One, let the fire of Thy love enter my heart, and burn up all this coil of meanness and hypocrisy, and make my heart as the heart of a little child.

Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: spiritual.practices@annarborvineyard.org.

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