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Thanksgiving Prayer


THANKSGIVING PRAYER: Father,
As we celebrate this wonderful holiday,
With family and friends, eating and drinking
Far more than we should, let us take a moment
To acknowledge the true purpose for this holiday.
You, in Your grace and mercy, have been faithful
To us and have blessed us with bounty far beyond
Anything our original Forefathers considered possible.
 
For nearly four hundred years, Americans by the millions
Have enjoyed Thanksgiving, but multiplied millions
No longer understand the reason why. In the foolishness
Of their hearts, they have accepted Your bounty
Without thought or appreciation, somehow believing
There is no need to do so, but such ingratitude is wrong.
We do need to recognize You as the Author and Provider
Of the great abundance we enjoy. So, for the sake of others
And for ourselves, we, Your faithful remnant of believers,
Humbly and willingly bend our knees before You today
And acknowledge our gratitude to You for Your provision.
Thank You, Father God, for blessing our nation so greatly—
The United States of America,
Amen
 
Jack Watts
 
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7th Step Prayer


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MY PRAYER: Father,
Now that I have opened myself up completely,
Being as honest and forthright as I know how to be,
I want to ask You, as humbly as I know how,
To change anything in me that You desire.
You are Almighty God; and I am not.
I am weary of trying to walk a path
That has not been ordained by You.
As I continue to purge my soul
Of all the toxic emotions that remain,
I know I need to go one step further.
 
I need to forgive those who have hurt me,
Absolving them completely from all culpability.
I have nursed my anger and bitterness
For far too long, and I have paid
A heavy emotional price for doing so.
 
I believed I was punishing them
With my militant refusal to forgive,
But I have been punishing myself instead.
I don’t want to live like this any longer,
Having to pay a huge price for remaining callous.
I forgive them—just as You have forgiven me.
I release them completely—just as You have released me.
Give me the strength to put aside my resentful feelings,
Never picking up these debilitating emotions again.
Allow me to walk into the future completely free
From each of my debilitating and hurtful emotions
That has been so destructive and self-limiting,
Amen.
 

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COMMON SENSE: I know a great deal about sexual abuse—far more than I ever thought I would. If it has not happened to you or to someone you love, it is very difficult to understand the dynamics of what happens to a person.
To begin with, it affects your whole life. You are never the same after it happens. It’s even worse if you are a child. The whole idea of, “that happened a long time ago, she should be over it by now,” is ridiculous. To someone who has not been impacted by it, this seems logical, but it isn’t. Sexual abuse is not just a violation of a person’s body, it is also a violation of that person’s soul. The victim’s ability to trust is ripped away from them, and it almost never returns—not completely.
The worldview of the victim changes; so does their self-worth. They experience shame at a level few can imagine, and as irrational as it may seem, they blame themselves for their attack. This is why they remain quiet for so long. They prefer to internalize their hell, rather than risk the censure of people who are more than happy to heap castigation on them.
There are other aspects to it. Victims take on a wariness that others do not. Instinctively, like a canine, they develop an internal antennae that tells them who are predators and who they are not. Most victims learn to trust their instincts, never doubting how they view potential predators.
Victims can forgive, and they can experience significant healing, but there is a part of them that will always remain broken. That’s just the way it is.
Jack Watts

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MY PRAYER: Father,

When You want my attention,

You know how to get it.

There are times when I feel

Like You aren’t really there,

Like You don’t really care,

Like my life has little meaning, purpose, or value.

Then, through my circumstances,

You shake me to the core, and I am undone.

This is when You begin Your relentless pruning.

At first, I don’t recognize what is happening,

And I cry out, ”Why me, Lord?”

I don’t like what is happening—not one bit,

So I resist Your efforts to make me

Into the person You intend for me to be.

 

I want to be Your favored child,

Strong, resourceful, and victorious,

But I want it to come easily, with little effort.

This never happens, of course, not for me anyway.

So, I chafe when You prune my immature ways,

Being precise in Your determined efforts

To change me from the inside out.

 

When I recognize what is occurring,

I bow me knee and acknowledge,

That Your hand has been hard on me,

But Your purpose has never wavered.

When You have finished, You seem pleased

With what You have pruned, knowing that

I will become stronger, more fruitful person

From each of Your efforts,

Amen.

Jack’s Prayers

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MY PRAYER: Heavenly Father,

Our hearts are broken and stricken with grief,
As we learn of another act of terror that has been
Inflicted on our nation’s homeland by those who hate us
And all that we stand for. This time, it was on a small
Southern Baptist Church in Southerland Springs, Texas.
We want to reach out to those who are innocent victims of
The Evil injustice that has been inflicted on them.
They wanted nothing more for the day, Your day,
Than to come before You in peace and worship You.
 
Now, instead of enjoying a late fall Sunday evening
With their family and friends, many are dead, and those
Who survived are left with deep, painful grief that cannot
Be measured or adequately expressed by words.
Nevertheless, as Your loving children, we ask that You
Comfort them with the comfort of Almighty God,
And pour out Your Holy Spirit on them and on us,
Because we desperately need this today—right now.
Strengthen us with power in the inner man to walk
Uprightly, to seek justice for all, and to be the people
You have called us to be. We ask this not just for ourselves
But also for everyone who has an ear to hear and is
Willing to to listen to Your voice in the midst of this horror.
Amen
 
Jack Watts

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