Zechariah 13:9 – Prayer that results in claiming The LORD as my God comes from being refined in His crucible. He is doing it because He wants to make me into something special and so He can call me His own work, instead of me calling myself my own work.

When we are in the fire our natural tendency is to cry out against God. If we surrender to the process and come out the other end like silver or gold, there will be little left of ourselves. We should be able to look at ourselves and recognize that we are His, and He is ours. That’s what He wants for us, so that is what I want. (gulp)