Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God

Entry 24 Praying to Live Without Regret

We often experience the most growth in painful situations and when we are faced with our own mortality. It is then when we experience a range of emotions from denial to anger to fear to acceptance. In the painful situations we often regret the choices we made, our inability to use time and resources wisely, and our indecision to learn from our mistakes. The most common regrets that people have when faced with death include: wishing they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life others expected, wishing they didn’t work so hard, wishing they had the courage to express their feelings, wishing they stayed in contact with friends, and wishing that they allowed themselves to be happier. But God wants us to live a life of no regrets. He wants us to have the attitude of knowing and accepting that He has all things in His control, and that He has a good plan for our lives. So instead of looking at our painful situations with regret, we can view them as learning experiences and stepping stones toward our destiny. When faced with our mortality, instead of rehearsing a life of regrets, we can rejoice in the fact that to live is Christ and to die is gain. When we are at the end of our road, we can look back with a grateful heart knowing that we were not perfect, but we are justified by grace through faith in God. Praying to live without regret is choosing to live life consciously, wisely, honestly and with the joy of the Lord.


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