Day 18 - Praying for a Godly Self-Image



Gracious God,

We pray that we would be able to see ourselves as You see us, beautiful even in the midst of our imperfections.  Help us to believe down to the depths of our souls that You consider us beautiful and that we have stolen Your heart with just one glance of  Your eyes.  (Song of Songs 4:1,7-9)  May we believe that You, our King, are enthralled by our beauty  (Psalm 45:11), realizing that our beauty comes from You who made everything and have called Your creation good.  (Genesis 1:31)

Regardless of how the world sees us as beautiful or successful, may we believe in our worth to You.  When we see Your creation and find beauty in it, may we remember that it is nothing in comparison to the beauty and worth You find in us; that even the very hairs of our heads are all numbered by You and that we are worth more than many sparrows.  (Matthew 10:29-31)  May we remember that You have said You have loved us with an everlasting love; You have drawn us with loving-kindness.  (Jeremiah 31:3)

Cause us to remember that the only reason we do have worth is because of You.  You have made us new creations, taking away the old, the ugly, and replacing it with the new, something exceedingly lovely.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)  You have clothed us to be beautiful like a bride or bridegroom, adorning us with robes of righteousness and garments of salvation.  (Isaiah 61:10).  You have bestowed on us crowns of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and garments of praise instead of spirits of despair.  (Isaiah 61:1-3)  May we know that it is with Your garments that we become exquisite to behold.  

May we not wear ourselves out to be attractive to others by worldly standards.  But may we consider the lilies of the field who do not labor or spin, which are here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, and realize how much more You will clothe us and cause our glory. (Matthew 6:25-34)  In the knowledge of this, bless us also with a  spirit of humility.  Keep us from believing that our splendor has anything to do with ourselves, but comes only from You.  

© margaret young