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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,
Amen.
Jack Watts
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PRAYER: God’s Love


PRAYER—GOD’S LOVE: Father,
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,
Amen.

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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,
Amen
—Jack Watts

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PRAYER: When You Feel Defeated


 

 

MY PRAYER: Father,

I feel so broken and beaten,

So abused, rejected, and abandoned.

I never thought my life would be like this,

But I was wrong—dead wrong.

In spite of everything, You have been there,

Standing beside me in my darkest hours,

Even when I wanted You to leave me alone.

Things have been difficult for a long time,

But I’m tired of rehashing my pain and my angst.

I want more from life than being a perpetual victim.

 

Help me learn my lessons, which have been so painful,

So that I never have to repeat them again.

I don’t want to waste my years replicating foolishness.

Turn my imprudence into discernment,

So that I may gain wisdom and others can profit

From my experiences—just as I have.

In all of my broken places, heal me, Father,

With Your tender, loving, and caring hand,

Because I am ready to move forward,

Free from each of my enslavements and debilitations,

Amen.

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MY PRAYER: Father,
You know how badly
I have been mistreated
By those who should have nurtured me
But have done exactly the opposite.
Instead, they have taken advantage of my trusting nature.
I’ve expressed my outrage and indignation
To You so often that I’ve lost count of the times.
This affront has wounded me so deeply that—
In my pain and outrage—I know I have hurt others,
Which I have excused and tried to justify, but I cannot.
I fear I have become like those who have hurt me,
Wounding the innocent—just as I have been injured.
Father, I acknowledge I have behaved this way,
Which causes my conscience continuous grief.
I am becoming someone I do not want to be.
I don’t want to behave like my abusers,
But I concede that this is exactly what I have done,
Despite my persistent denials to the contrary.
Forgive me, Father. Heal my wounds,
And restore gladness to my troubled heart.
As a conscious act of contrition, I choose to renounce
My self-serving ways, which have been so destructive.
Despite my pain, anger, and disquietude,
I want to make a commitment to abandon my malice.
To ensure that I follow through with my intentions,
I will need Your strength and guidance.
Reach out to me and touch my heart, Father.
Help me bridle my sharp, caustic, and injurious tongue.
Keep my feet from stumbling, by seeking comfort
Through my addictions, which have been so destructive.
Transform my wandering heart and make me steadfast.
Because, without Your help, my resolve will be short lived,
Amounting to nothing more than a whimsical promise,
Amen.
Jack Watts

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PRAYER: For Fortitude


MY PRAYER: Father,
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,
Amen.
—Jack Watts

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MY PRAYER: Father,
I come to You broken,
With a continuous heartache
That I am certain will never end.
At times, it’s difficult for me to even breathe,
Fearful, cold chills pulse through my body.
My loss is so great that I’m certain
I will never be a whole person again.
I awaken at night, knowing something is amiss.
Then, grim reality floods my consciousness.
Startled and disoriented, I quickly become alert—
Fully aware of the trepidation of my circumstances.
Then, my countenance diminishes appreciably,
As despair and dread encompass my entire being.
I am bowed down and feel totally defeated.
This is when I come to You.
This is when I seek Your face.
This is when I weep and mourn.
This is when I feel consumed by the pain of my loss.
I desperately desire for my grief to abate,
But it seems to have a life of its own.
I want You to hold me like I am a small child.
I want You to “make it all better.”
I want my suffering and discomfort to cease.
I want to know peace and joy once again,
But none of my desires come to fruition.
Instead of granting my pleadings, which are really demands,
It seems like You speak to my heart, saying,
“You need to feel this pain for a season, my child,
But only for a season. For I know the plans I have for you—
Plans for a future that is bountiful and hopeful.
I understand your pain and your loss.
I, too, have felt such deep pain and sorrow,
But what I have gained through My loss is you,
And you are worth the price that was paid.”
When I comprehend this, when it resonates within me,
It provides me strength to move forward a step or two,
And I feel humbled and cease from being self-consumed.
This is when I bow my head, bend my knee, and say,
“Father, You give and take away,
You give and take away,
You give and take away,
Blessed be Your holy name,
Amen.”
—Jack Watts

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