Prayers for Workers: On Integrity

By Mark D. Roberts

January 17, 2020

Because of my integrity you uphold me
+++and set me in your presence forever.

Psalm 41:12 (NIV)



I wonder, Lord, could I come before you and vouch for my integrity? My first thought is, “No.” I am quite aware of my failings, my inconsistencies, my lack of integrity. This isn’t news to you, I realize. For you see me through and through, just as I am.

Black and white image of water falling on to an open palm“Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me” (Charlotte Elliott). Before you, Lord, I don’t have to be perfect. I can admit my errors and inadequacies. I can confess all the ways my life is not integrated because I know that your blood was shed for me. Because of you, I am forgiven and set free.

Yes, free; not just from my past sin, but free from the power of sin, free so that I might live more consistently by your grace and for your glory. Free, so that I might indeed grow into greater integrity. I want all the pieces of my life to line up. And so, with Ignatius, I pray: “Grant, Lord, that all my intentions, actions, and operations be directed purely to your praise and your service.”

I realize that living with integrity will not always reap earthly rewards. Sometimes it will; sometimes it won’t. But I trust that you will be honored in my efforts, even though they are energized by your grace. May my experience be like that of the psalm writer. In my integrity, please uphold me, Lord. Make your presence known to me, both now and forever. May my life of integrity be an offering of worship to you. Amen.

Ponder Throughout the Day:

As you seek to work with integrity, God will hold onto you and make his presence known to you.

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Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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