But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
So often I fight against myself. I want to follow You with everything I have…but I don’t. I allow worry, fear, pride, anger, and any number of other distractions to get in the way and take me off course. The sinful side of me takes over and trust and faith seem to fly out the window. God, begin a mighty work in me so that my eyes and my heart can stay focused on You and the plan You have for my life. Let any sins, worry, fear, pride and whatever else seeks to occupy my thoughts be taken captive and not allowed to have a hold on me any longer. May Your will, not mine, reign in me. Amen.