“Please, Lord, make it real!”
I find myself praying that when I realize all the ways I fall short of where I need (and want) to be. “Real” can mean several positive things – like good, right, pure, strong, or genuine. When I ask God to make it real, I’m not shunning my responsibilities and saying it’s all up to Him. I am acknowledging that without His help and power I am helpless to do anything.
Please, Lord, make it real –
Make my anger a righteous anger for Your Name and Your Word – not just pettiness because someone offends me or has a different opinion than I do.
Make my compassion be from the depths of my heart and carried out with action – not shallow and within myself
Make my passion a passion for Christ and His righteousness – not for material things
Make my love a willingness to sacrifice with no thought of gain – not a simple emotion in response to others treating me well
Make my trust in You Rock solid through all times, good and bad – not just an “oh, well” or a “whatever”, or only evident when things go well.
The Bible tells of a father who brought his demon-tortured son to Jesus with the hope He could heal him. He asked that if Jesus was able to do anything, would He have compassion and help them? Jesus replied that if he believed, all things were possible, and the man cried out in tears “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24 NKJV).
Lord, I believe. Please, make it real in every aspect of my life.