Heart Guarding


Do all things without grumbling. Phil. 2:14 (ESV)

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, there are some courses in the “school of grace for which need constant refreshment. Contentment is one of them. I know you’re not calling us to kill desire, demonize ambition, or decry enjoyment. And yet at the same time I totally understand your warnings about complaining, ingratitude, and discontent.

So I come to you, Father, once again, acknowledging a need you alone can meet. Grant me the grace of peace, contentment and joy—no matter what’s going on. Whether the salmon are biting or they’re really scarce; whether it rains on my parade or I’m the Grand Marshal of the parade; whether I’m eating filet mignon or filet of SPAM. Whether I’m feeling greatly appreciated, ignored or forgotten… I want to anchor my joy and satisfaction in you.

Whether some days I’m feeling 17 or other days 87; whether you answer my prayers with a fast “Yes!” or with a Fatherly, but frustrating, “Not yet.” I want to be content, Father—not passive, not in denial, but truly grateful; not immune to pain, but alive in Jesus.

So, by your Holy Spirit, convict me when I default too easily to murmuring and complaining, which usually segues into whining and blaming. Heal me of gospel amnesia—too easily forgetting every good thing we have in Christ. Open the eyes of my heart as I live this day before you. Let me see a little more of Jesus… actually, a lot more. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ all glorious and grace-full name.


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