I needed divine help to motivate my prayer life. I discovered that we must first confess the following truth, as unflattering as it is: “Lord, I confess that in and of myself, I do not really care about anybody but myself.”
Howard Hendricks was good at emphasizing the simplicity of the message he wanted to express. Jeanne, his wife, relates that he said all he wanted to do was “teach the Bible to men who lacked understanding.”
We all like the idea of a stronger, slimmer body, or becoming proficient in a skill, or building more effective habits for more sustained productivity. But no transformation happens without starting the painful work of exercising what’s weak and staying with it until it grows stronger.