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In leaning on the words of Jeremiah 10:23-24, KS Kapālama Kahu Manu Naeʻole KSK’96 reminds us that as we pray for outward things to manifest themselves in our lives, we should also pray the honest prayer for God to change us on the inside.

Weekly devotional: Pray for the inward change

Jan. 27, 2023

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
E Iēhova, ua ʻike nō au, ʻaʻole i loko o ke kanaka kona ʻaoʻao iho; ʻAʻole no ke kanaka hele ke alakaʻi i kona mau kapuaʻi iho. E Iēhova, e paʻipaʻi mai ʻoe iaʻu, ma ka pono naʻe, ʻAʻole ma kou ukiuki, o hoʻōki loa mai ʻoe iaʻu. – Ieremiah 10:23-24

Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing. – Jeremiah 10:23-24

He manaʻo o ke kahu
On Nov. 19, 1999, John Carpenter cruised through the first fourteen questions of the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” without using any lifeline. Host Regis Philbin read the last question, and Carpenter elected to use his phone-a-friend hotline. He called his father, but Carpenter told him he did not require help because Carpenter already knew the answer. One feature of Who Wants to be a Millionaire is the lifelines. They are these paths to seeking help when the contestant needs a helping hand.

Kahu Boshard penned a devotion highlighting the sincerity of prayer. “Prayer starts by being brutally honest. You cannot heal from what you won’t admit”. Jeremiah prays with brutal honesty to God, “discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure” (Jeremiah 10:23-24). Sometimes I can be guilty of treating prayer as a lifeline. I am cruising through life with what I have deemed the correct answers, and only when needed do I call on God. In this exercise of a prayer lifeline, all I do is ask God for outside things. These are good prayers as I pray for family health, ministry prosperity, and providence under challenging situations. The honest words of Jeremiah are a prayer for an inward change. Discipline me, Lord. Keep me accountable for your call. Inward change is the heart of Jeremiah’s prayer.

The new year is exciting, but as you pray for outward things to manifest themselves in your life, also pray the honest prayer for God to change you inside. David was anointed as king because God saw what was inside of him (1 Sam 16:7). Jesus admonishes the Pharisees because they appear right with God outwardly. Still, inside they are filled with hypocrisy and wickedness (Matt 23:28). In our honest prayers with God, pray as Jeremiah prays, “discipline me, Lord.” May God’s work continue around us and, more importantly, in us. ʻĀmene.

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