Prayer Excerpt from “Erasing Hell” By Pastor Francis Chan
“God, help me overcome my selfishness. I want to love the way You asked me to. I don’t want to say another insulting word to or about another person, not even jokingly. I want to shock my enemies with Christian love. I want to joyfully sacrifice for the poor, and to see You when I see them. I don’t want to fit in anymore. Holy Spirit, save me. Set me apart. Make me worthy.
I am just now seeing the ugliness of my actions. Like the nervous kid who tries to keep his friends from seeing his drunken father, I have tried to hide God at times. Who do I think I am? The truth is, God is perfect and right in all that He does. I am a fool for thinking otherwise. He does not need nor want me to “cover” for Him. There’s nothing to be covered. Everything about Him and all He does is perfect.”
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ( Lam. 3:21–23 )
“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” ( Ezek. 18:23 ; cf. 33:11 ).