2 Cor 6:16-18
and what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
"I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people."
"Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you."
18 'I will be a Father to you,
2 Cor 6:16
Will You be my God? May I count myself as one of Yours? Above all of the peoples on the earth, You who are the Power, the Wisdom, and the Love of the ages, I want to know as one of Yours. Though You govern the nations, set the boundaries of the earth's depths and heights, declare the light from the darkness for all mankind, yet You have chosen Your elect to be called Your own.
May I find the treasures of Your Word and Spirit to find the strength of soul, the faith, and the courageous selflessness to remain in Your household? I have read of You, that as my God, I would not need to worry about my life. You would meet my needs and protect all that is mine, for all I have You have given to me. May I have the integrity to hold all that I have as Yours? May my foolish carnal self not keep You from holding me who so often seems unable to be held. You have spoken in my ear when I was afraid, unholy, and filled with arrogance that You are with me in the battles of life.
You sent Your servant to tell me in the courtrooms of men that this is the day that the Lord has made. Lord, fill me with that youthful, often long lost resolve, that I will do Your will, speak Your Word no matter what the cost. Here in Your Word You have said not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. You have called men Your temple. You will dwell in me, walk in me, and be my God. It is not merely that I choose You as my God. You have declared Yourself to be my God. There is no other god that will uphold my soul, my fearful heart, or my despairing and imperfect life like You.
As my God You will give Yourself to me with every promise that any man has ever received. Because this is so, You have said, "Be separate." My reason to be pure, to be faithful and to serve You fully is that You have promised to be my God, my divine welfare and well being. There is no treasure on earth so rich, even in the eyes of men, as to know the blessing of You walking with me through life's many challenges and fears. How fully may my soul rest when I know that You are with me. How foolish to think that though I am so often so unfaithful, that You will change Your nature. Though I easily waver as the sea driven by the wind, and though Your Word says that I am not to be storm tossed in my soul, none the less You will keep me in those dark nights when I am weak.
My present and my future are not resting in my soul's ability to be spotless, but in Your gracious wisdom to remain faithful. Cause me to know, but to cease from taking for granted, the tender heart by which You will not quench the smoking flax of my soul, nor break the bruised reed of my failures when I have doubted, fled, and even denied your faithful honor. How great is the safety of those whom You father, to those who have discovered the secret power of holiness.