It is as difficult to work on ourselves as to let God work on us.  We want to do it all or use God for an instant cure.  Working together with God is what brings real change.  On our own we cover up, rationalize and excuse.  The white light of God’s word does not let us off.  The Father’s tough love says, “Until we deal with this you can progress no further.”  We say, “We will, grant me your enabling grace.”  The Father responds to sincere prayer!

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11 (NASB)