Entering a week spiritually and emotionally exhausted changes your prayer. When the wind in your sails carries you nowhere, your prayer changes. In prayer, my heart remembered and prayed Psalm 51:10.
Create in me a pure heart, O God. Renew a steadfast spirit within me.
I prayed with focus on my need for a renewed spirit, but I got stuck on the phrase just after praying it. I had prayed that prayer many times. I have sung that verse several times. I had never realized what I did in prayer yesterday.
How interesting that something STEADFAST would need RENEWED!
It would seem, by definition, something that is steadfast would eliminate a need for renewal. You should not need to renew something that is steadfast.
But you cannot overlook the prayer. It is in scripture for a reason. It seems God is fully aware that our spirit and soul need renewal. It seems God renews our spirit, and he restores it to a steadfast state.
God renews our spirit to places where renewal is no longer necessary.
He never answers our request for renewal with, "But your spirit was supposed to be STEADFAST!"
Grace floods my prayer!