Archive for November, 2018

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

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PRAYER: When You Need Patience

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

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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

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