A Prayer To Dismantle Idols

Lord, help me to dismantle the idols in my life.

The idols that fit so well in culturally-appropriate and even, at times, religiously-sanctioned packages.

Their names are often on my lips and in my thoughts, pushing You out of my heart and mind with surprising ease.

Emotions.

Productivity.

Validation.

For so many years, I though of the Israelites as weak and feeble-minded in their faith. I looked down on them with superiority.

O foolish woman that I am! As if I, worshipping at the foot of these deaf and dumb idols, do not do the same thing.

Oh Lord, please help me. For I cannot destroy these idols in my own strength.

I have tried and failed. At my hands, they have been dismantled and rebuilt, dismantled and rebuilt, dismantled and rebuilt. Sometimes I fear I no longer know where they end and I begin.

I know, Lord, that all they hold is slavery. All they hold is death. And yet return to them I do, far more often than I care to admit.

Save me, O Lord. From my own weakness. From my foolish worshipping at the foot of idols that enslave me. 

Save me, O Lord, from myself. 

For in Your strength and provision, there is healing and restoration. In Your hands and the power of Christ, I can demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. I can take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Oh Lord, please make it so. For only You can destroy these idols. And would Your goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.

 

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