“…the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son” (Heb. 12:6). I praise you, Lord, for your loving work on us and in us, pointing out the sin, wrong thinking, negative attitudes and unbiblical beliefs that keep us from “really living.”
Thank you for chastening us through difficulties so that we might share in your holiness. Thank you for correcting us, even though it may be painful, so that we might respond with faith, confession, surrender and obedience, thereby receiving the fruit of peace and righteousness (Heb. 12:9-11).
Praise you, Lord, for your care, your consistency, your chastening to bring patience, power, fullness and maturity (James 1:2-4). Truly you are the perfect Father: wise, loving, good, firm, persistent and forgiving.
I praise you that you are full-orbed, perfectly rounded in personality, flawlessly balanced and complete in holiness. In your rich wisdom you leave out nothing when working in our lives, all that is needed comes: pressure and pleasure, loss and love, defeat and delight, wrenching and rest.
I praise you for what you allow, for what you send, for what you bring. You are wise, you are good, you are loving, so we can trust you fully, praise you consistently, obey you constantly.
Today I want to praise you persistently, Lord, for your wonderful work in our lives. May we glorify you by cooperating with you, joining you, obeying you all through this day.