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PRAYER
Walking Toward the Cross
Rosalie G Naglich
29-Aug-2009
And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:38 (AMP)

The closer we get to the cross the greater the reality death becomes. We must walk forward with our own cross, bearing the weight of laying our life down. The cross represents commitment, discipline, consecration, self-denial, unconditional love, and embracing the will of God.

If we don’t walk toward the cross, we haven’t counted the cost, it is but a mere gesture of a religious act. We must humble ourselves to the disciplines and restrictions that the yielding of our will for Christ’s would require.

Honor comes after humility, just as promotion comes after the decisions of the exchange of our will for His. Each step becomes harder as we view the cross, for we must learn that we can only proceed and advance ahead. But if we do not, we will lose our direction and only wander out of the will of God.

Divine wisdom is the gift given to those who choose this path of death to their desires, bending low in a position of humility to carry Christ’s cross of self-denial and unconditional love.

The victory of the cross gives us the ability to resist the temptations of our flesh. The more that Christ is in us, the less that sin will have the power over us. We not only view the cross, but we embrace the cross and the power to overcome as a living sacrifice.
Our prayer...
Father, I don’t view the cross of self-denial as something I cannot do, but something I want to do because of the revelation of Your unconditional love for me. It has not been, nor is it easy, to follow in Your steps, but Your love compels me to present myself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto You. Your sacrifice is my gain.