PRAYER: I Choose to Be Faithful

MY PRAYER: Lord God Almighty,
You are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Your love, mercy, and grace are new every morning.
I know that I can trust You, not only with my future,
But also with the futures of those I love with all my heart,
And also with the future of our great nation that we love so dearly.
Nevertheless, I struggle with doubts that captivates my mind,
Even though, when I reflect about all You have done for me
And for America, I recognize how steadfast Your fidelity has been.
Because it is in Your nature, I know You will always be faithful.
Since faithfulness is a consistent facet of Your character,
I know that being dependable is what You desire for me too.
Knowing this, I choose to be a trustworthy, faithful person,
Knowing that there is no downside for living this way.
Father, I ask that You give me the power to always be true to You,
And I ask this in Christ’s name,
—Jack Watts

PRAYER: Learning to Be Kind

Heavenly Father,
Each day of my life, I come into contact with so many people—
People at the grocery store, the bank, restaurants, and at church.
Often, without giving it a second thought, I forget Your work in them.
I go about my business, being completely oblivious to their needs,
Thinking instead only of my own and what is going on in my life.
Father, I know this is not a gracious or kind thing for me to do,
Nor does it reflect positively about the love I have for You.
Tomorrow, and each day afterwards, whenever I am tempted to be
Self-absorbed, cross, impatient, or self-serving, change my heart,
Because I do not want to continue traveling this selfish road.
Instead, fill me with Your kindness for each person I see,
Knowing that I am Your Ambassador to these people—an emissary
Of Your love, Your mercy, Your grace, and Your peace.
May every person with whom I come into contact,
Regardless of who it might be, whether it is in my family,
My community, my school, or at my place of work,
Recognize Your presence in my life by my actions and attitude.
Permit consistent acts of kindness to show the quality of love
And compassion that I have, which is honoring and pleasing to You.
I ask for this in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
Jack Watts

MY PRAYER: Father,
So many times have I cried out to You about my troubles.
It’s been so often that I’ve lost count—so many times
That I am embarrassed and reluctant to come before You,
But I have no place else to go. Father, give me the fortitude
And the courage necessary to confront the challenges that have
Debilitated me for far too long. Thank you for Your mercy and for
Your Holy Spirit, who allows me to be kind and caring.
Your patience is wonderful, and more than anything else,
It provides me with the strength and endurance I need—
Not just for me but for the others in my life.
When I reflect on my life and all that I have been through,
I marvel at how patient and caring You have been with me.
Without such care, I surely would have perished, and I know it.
I ask that You fill me with your Holy Spirit, which I need
To live by Your precepts, knowing that the outcome
Of my circumstances is entirely in Your hands. Lord, thank You
For Your continuous, steadfast love that never ceases.
Because of Your love for me, I ask for an abundant measure
Of patience, which I need so frequently,
—Jack Watts

MY PRAYER: Heavenly Father,
As strife, vexation, and enmity surround me,
Filling my days with one difficulty after another,
Robbing me of sleep, and keeping my mind
In constant turmoil, I wonder when will it ever end?
On my own, I don’t know the answer and remain clueless.
My life and my future are in Your hands. This I understand,
But is precisely where I want it to be—safely in Your hands.
This is what my heart desires, and I know this is your will
For my life—to dwell peacefully in the house of the Lord.
Regardless of what happens, regardless of what befalls me,
I know for certain that nothing can snatch me from Your hand.
This is what gives me peace, providing me with the
Confident assurance that all is well, because You are in charge.
Knowing this, I ask that You continue to provide peace—
Not as the world gives peace, but Your peace that passes
All understanding and has the ability to take my debilitating burdens
From me, allowing me to rest peacefully. Because of who You are,
I once again put my trust in You, Lord, and in nothing else,
Jack Watts

MY PRAYER: Heavenly Father,
Because You know me so well, and have understood what
I am like, even before You knit me in my mother’s womb,
You know how fretful I can be—how prone I can be to worry,
And how quickly I become consumed by my anxieties and troubles.
By focusing on my difficulties—my health, my struggles at home,
And my overwhelming financial burdens—I tend to lose my joy.
I don’t want my life to be consumed with these adversities,
Nevertheless, I find my days and my nights filled with
Nothing more than constant agitation that robs me of my joy.
Without planning for this to happen, my mind, my heart,
And my attention have wandered far from You and from everything
You have done to redeem me, by making me Your beloved child.
Father, I want to confess to You that I have allowed the problems
Of this world to rob me of my joy and of my gratitude to You,
But I want this to change and for the joy of my salvation to return,
Especially when I rise and when I lay down at night to sleep.
Because there is nothing about me that You do not already know—
That You have not already taken into account—I can enter
Your rest and be completely confident about Your watchful care.
Being confident of this, I can reside peacefully in the joy of the Holy Spirit,
And gratefully live one day at a time, unencumbered by life’s worries.
Because I am confident that is true—right now, this very minute—
I bow my head to You in complete gratitude for everything that
Lies before me, whether wanted or unwanted, as I face
Each of life’s challenges, one problem at a time, knowing You are there.
Thank You for being a loving, caring, patient, and merciful God,
Who produces joy in my life, despite my adversities,
Jack Watts

PRAYER: God’s Love

As I come before you today on bended knee,
Submitting myself to You and to Your will completely,
I ask that you strengthen me with power inwardly.
Give me the fortitude I need to move forward.
Help me become the person You have called me to be.
The Scriptures teach that those who are lost will know
Your children by their love for one another. Let this be true of me.
Regardless of where I am in life, or what my situation happens to be,
Give me the grace that reveals Your love from the depth of my heart.
Father, You know me intimately and can number each hair on my head.
You know my struggles with my family, my work, and with those
Who do not know You—those who mock Your name and malign
Those of us whose hearts belong to You, and not to the world.
Give me a heart to be kind and loving to those who are not lovely,
To those who do not believe they need You but desperately do.
Let them witness Your overwhelming love and acceptance.
Allow me to touch them in numerous ways that demonstrate
Your desire to accept them exactly where they are in life.
I want to be of service to You and to demonstrate what
You are building in me. Father, let me be known for my love
For others and for nothing less than this for the rest of my life.
I ask for this spiritual breakthrough to be able to love
In the name of Your precious Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ,

MY PRAYER: Father,
I’m praying because I know I should,
Not because it is heartfelt.
I can do things for myself.
I always have—always will.
I don’t need Your help—not really.
“Bring it on,” is my motto.
In my heart, this is how I feel—
At least, more often than not.
I’m certainly not trying to hurt anybody,
But I really don’t trust people either—
Not even You, Lord, not even You.
As I grit my teeth obstinately,
With insolence and arrogance,
I convince myself that I can handle anything.
Then, You allow adversity to have full reign over me,
Shaking me at the core of my existence.
Defiantly, I fight You each step of the way,
Refusing to learn the lessons I am being taught.
My headstrong attitude defines who I am.
Undaunted by my inflexibility,
You increase the pressure on me,
And I wince and whine at the discomfort,
But I will not yield—not yet.
I still have too much fight left in me.
I cannot submit; I will not submit!
Then, You double the pressure, redoubling it again.
Finally, when I can stand no more,
I break—just a little and, in my bewildered distress,
I cry out, “Why me, Father? What have I done?”
As if completely innocent, I whine, “Why is this happening?”
Revealing Your purpose, You allow me to recognize
Just how much my world required shaking.
Finally, coming to the end of my intransigence,
I acknowledge what I should have earlier.
Your will, and not my self-indulged will, is what I need.
Do with me as You please, Lord, I finally acknowledge,
For You are Almighty God, and I am not,
—Jack Watts