Prayer: LORD, help me see the opportunities, decisions, and challenges of my life from Your perspective rather than my own point of view. You are able to work in all situations for my good–and I want to allow You to do so without hindering You by my own actions and attitudes. Help me put aside selfish motives and clearly understand Your leadership and direction in everything that concerns my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and told him he shouldn’t say things like that. Jesus turned and looked at his disciples and then said to Peter very sternly, “Get away from me, Satan! You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. “If any of you wants to be my follower,” he told them, “you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:32-34 NLT)