Our Bones and Bodies

We pray that we may truly give our bodies to You, God, letting them be living sacrifices – holy – the kind You can accept. When we think of what You have done for us, how can that be too much to ask? (see Romans 12:1). Lord, may we not be anxious for our lives, as to what we shall eat, or for our bodies, as to what we shall wear (see Luke 12:22). Lord, we desire to do what Paul did, to buffet our bodies, training them to do what they should do and not what they desire, so that as we enlist others for the race, we ourselves may not be disqualified (see I Corinthians 9:27).

Lord, may we trust You with all our hearts, leaning not on our understanding. May we acknowledge You in all our ways, so that You can make our paths straight. We pray to be not wise in our own eyes, but to fear You and turn away from evil, which will result in healing to our bodies and refreshment to our bones (see Proverbs 3:5-8). Because jealousy and strife are rottenness in our bones, we pray for a tranquil heart, which is life to the body (see Proverbs 14:30).

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