A Perfectionist’s Prayer

English Audio Version

What are you picky about?

What small details get your goat? What must be so perfect that it consumes you?

What does your radar zero in on that blinds you to everything else?

The automotive blog vinwiki.com tells the story of a man who bought a high-end exotic sports car. He brought it back the next day to return it.

“Why,” his sales representative wanted to know. “You loved it yesterday.”

The buyer had surrounded it with high-intensity lights in his garage and found flaws, real or imagined, that ruined the car for him.

Are you like that with the blessings of God? They are only good enough if they gleam with flawless perfection?

That spouse you prayed for … underwear on the bathroom floor … time for a trade.

Your financial foundations … you find a crack in your investments, and you rail at God.

God says to release it to him. You no longer need to seek solace in the details of his gifts to you.

Philippians 4:6-7 says:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Here are three things to take away from this passage:

1. We must cast worry out the window. It’s not our responsibility any longer.

2. We must turn our needs over to God. He is the guardian of all that we are.

3. We must keep focused on Jesus. He will keep us protected from every evil thing.

It’s time to reveal The Perfectionist’s Prayer, one on which we can choose to model our own daily prayers.

Dear Father,

I turn loose of my need to be in control. You know my concerns and petitions. I will keep my eyes on Jesus through prayer and study of your Word. Worry is no longer my master, for you are supreme in my life.

There you go. You’ve forged a new connection to God. Two thumbs up. God approves.

When Jesus shows up on our screen, he overshadows every other blip on the radar.

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