We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
As we work through recovery, humility develops naturally as we realize our powerlessness over life, even over ourselves. We want a good life, and we want our character to change in ways that will make this possible. In asking God to remove our shortcomings, we dare to reach out to the one who has the power we need.
The apostle Peter was a man with many admitted character flaws. His relationship with Jesus brought him face-to-face with his own weaknesses. He found that he wasn't able to live up to his own values, let alone the values of Jesus. But God dramatically changed his character to the point that he began to reflect the very character of Jesus. He left us with this advice: "May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires" (2 Peter 1:2-4).
This is Peter's secret for discovering the good life: Grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. It is a growing love relationship with God that will open the door to a life untainted by our present character flaws. God has the mighty power to give us everything we need; and everything we need is found in him as he instills his character in us.
The power of recovery doesn't come from within; it comes from knowing God better and better.