Reading: 2 Timothy 2:20–26; James 1:5–8
‘Lord make me that I may become…
‘Lord show me that I may become…
‘Lord give me that I may become…’
This threefold prayer contains, I believe, very important elements for growth. The first line of the prayer highlights the need for our own personal lives to be sorted out to free us for the demands of life and ministry God wants to use us in.
The second line follows on from that. This has to do with catching God’s vision for your life. It’s a chicken and egg situation sometimes. Some people never get God’s vision for their lives because they never seem to get into that fit-enough state in their own inward life where they can hear or receive God’s vision. Their continual lack of spiritual maturity seems to disable them from being led forward into any sense of purpose for their lives.
On the other hand, vision encourages self-discipline. I know that it is my vision for my life with God which maintains the stimulus for me to keep myself right with God. If I did not feel the demand of God’s call, I doubt if I could continue to be open and allow God to deal with me and make me fit for the vision.
I believe that if we can see what God wants to do with our lives we can also often see what needs to change in us for that to become a reality. This is a powerful incentive towards change. I know people very well who, if they had not had the stimulus of God’s call upon their lives coupled with a real desire to serve God in that way, might never have progressed through some of the personal challenges and difficulties they have had to face.
The third line of the prayer reminds us that we don’t need to be gifted in every way before we can be fruitful. Praise God that He can and will make up the deficiencies of our nature so that we can more purposefully pursue His will. James reminds us of that when he writes: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him’ (James 1:5). We all need to make this prayer because it contains the secret of real fruitfulness. Fruitfulness is becoming what I am meant to be in Christ.