LORD, DELIVER ME
Lord it seems wickedness is easy to find, I see it all around.
But the wickedness without is only a minor concern,
That which terrifies me lies within.(1)
Lord, deliver me from myself.
When I am overwhelmed with the tasks at hand, and rush frantically about,
Remind me that only a few things are important in this life,
And deliver me from nearsightedness.
When I sit down to study and the phone rings or I suddenly feel hunger or thirst,
Remind me I need time alone with Your word.
Lord, deliver me from distractions.
When I indulge in unhealthy foods and my energy is zapped,
Remind me that it can hinder my service to You,
And deliver me from all unhealthy appetites.
Lord I know misery loves company so when I seek comfort by whining with another,
Remind me it only intensifies the pain and keeps me from finding true comfort in You.
Lord, deliver me from rationalizing self pity.
When I cannot see a certain sin in my life,
Expose me with Your light and show me my error that I may correct it,
And, deliver me from all denial of sin.
When I am tempted to watch shows that are immoral,
Remind me that watching sin glorified will make it more acceptable over time.
Lord, deliver me from cultural conformity.
When I am in the presence of evil spoken and remain silent,
Remind me it will be assumed that I agree,
And deliver me from cowardly inaction.
When my thoughts are centered in self and I withdraw,
Remind me that too much isolation distorts reality and temptations increase.
Lord, deliver me from avoiding accountability.
When I consider the fall-out from past wrongs and break into a cold sweat,
Remind me of Your grace,
And deliver me from obsessing over sins You have already forgiven.
When I feel too tired to try or even care,
Remind me others can still see my example.
Lord, deliver me from grumpiness.
When I only do what I feel like doing,
Remind me that only a commandment-motivated life holds an eternal reward,
And deliver me from a shallow, feeling-motivated existence.
When I fail to speak a kind word to one in need,
Remind me I have also needed encouragement.
Lord, deliver me from being inconsiderate and unloving.
When good intentions enter my mind but are never acted upon,
Remind me “faith without works is dead”,
And deliver me from thoughtlessness and hypocrisy.
When temptations entice and I entertain the thought,
Remind me that the thought is always deceptive and the experience always falls short of Your joy.
Lord, deliver me from using pleasure or escape in place of true joy.
DELIVER ME from apathy towards Your Word.
DELIVER ME from abusing Your grace.
Lord, if I continue to reflect on my wickedness I shall grow weak and despair.
So, instead, I will reflect on Your righteousness to gain strength and hope.
Fill me with Your power that I may overcome evil.
Cleanse me from wickedness that I may be a light to others,
And DELIVER ME, into YOUR hands, for all eternity!
 Mark 7:20-23
 Luke 10:38-42
 Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 119:105; Matthew 4:1-4
 1 Corinthians 6:12
 Romans 12:2
 Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9
 1 John 2:15-17
 1 Thessalonians 5:14
 James 2:14-20
 Galatians 5:16-24; James 1:13-17
 1 Peter 3:15
 Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 2:9
 Ezekiel 33:8-9; Acts 20:26
 Romans 6:1-2ff
 Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15-16