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MY PRAYER: Father,
I am grateful for all that You have done.
I am so honored that You would love me
And would pay attention to my needs.
On my best days, which seem to be rare,
When I am peaceful and tranquil—
When I am confident You are in charge
And that I need not fret or worry—
I acknowledge how truly blessed I am.
 
Help me live in this truth each day.
Help me show others that You care
And that You are always available.
Let people see by my actions
The depth of my confidence in You;
Let them be convinced Your ways are worthy—
And You are always wise and prudent.
 
Teach me to refrain from boastful arrogance,
And let the pride of life be far from me.
Do not let this be my witness; Do not allow me
To push those who seek You further away,
Rather than help them draw nearer in time of need.
Teach me to be mindful that whatever I do,
Whether positive or negative, that it reflects on You—
On Your holy name,
Amen.
 
Jack Watts
 
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FEET OF CLAY: I wrote “Recovering from Religious Abuse,” an 11-step program to help jaded, cynical believers to regain their faith, while simultaneously dealing with being used, abused, and discarded by religious leaders.
“Feet of Clay,” although fictionalized, tells the stories of abuse. Every Christian who has worked for a ministry should read it. Here is a review:
“This is a real work of art that pushes aside the false fronts, ego’s and personal agendas that are far more common in ministries than you may think. Like Jack, I know… I have been there. So many believers with hearts that are totally for the Lord have been discouraged, lied to, manipulated and disappointed in those that they once thought were God’s Spiritual elite..only to find out that while they were told “We are here for you!” in reality they were of little no concern to these Mjnistry giants. In seeing the reality that has been hidden behind trumped up needs only to discover later that it served only to satisfy the self-centerd-ness and ego’s of Christian leaders. If you are one who has been deceived, offended, hurt by ministries you once held in high esteem… you must read this book. You will discover that it was not GOD who betrayed you…but people in the flesh. You will experience an inner healing from what you learn from Jack Watts.”

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MY PRAYER: Father,
You are the Master Architect,
Engineering the events of my life,
Providing an opportunity for me
To rise to the occasion each day of my life.
At times, Your leading seems clear,
While at other times, it seems obscure,
Appearing to be so distant
That I cannot discover or discern it,
Regardless of how assiduously I try.
Even when Your presence eludes me,
I know that You are there.
You are always guiding me—
Always present, always vigilant.
 
As my life becomes increasingly visible
And people occasionally look to me for guidance,
Let my life speak of what You have done—
Not by my words, which seem so inadequate,
But by my actions, which are observable by all.
Oh, how I loathe the pompously religious—
Those who are condescending, arrogant, and unyielding.
May I never be like them—like those who talk about
Your love and guidance, while seeking an advantage.
Let my witness be evident by my actions,
And not by my mellifluous words,
Which can be self-serving and serpentine,
Amen.
 
Jack Watts

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I AM NOT ASHAMED—Excerpt: More bondage originates from flawed thinking than from sinful behavior. Generally speaking, we’ve learned that Christians consider it to be the exact opposite.
We think that if we behave correctly, we will be free from sin, but this is incorrect. Our definition of sin is much too narrow. We would be much closer to the truth, if we thought of sin as any belief that repudiates God’s truth. This means most Christians are adversely affected by sins they may never have even contemplated as being sinful. So, if you want to free yourself from the adverse effects of sin, focus on what you believe and not on what you do.
 
Our thoughts and our beliefs are the real problem. They are what keep us from experiencing God’s abundance.
 
In our obtuseness, we worry and we fret. We trust our senses and our reasoning. We consider this to be reality, rather than what God’s Word states to be real. Without ever saying so, we consider His truth to be a utopian ideal, rather than what it really is. We never consider that by doing this, our thoughts are sinful, but they are. Without recognizing what we are doing, we call God a liar. As horrifying as this might seem, it’s true.
 
Jack Watts
 

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PRAYER: God Has a Plan for You


MY PRAYER: Father,
When I came to You in my distress,
I wanted You to “make everything better,”
To nurse my bruises like my mother once did,
When I was a little boy and hurt myself,
To tell me that I would be okay and that
My pain would vanish and soon be forgotten.
But this is neither what You did nor what You intended.
Instead, You made it crystal clear that
I could not nurse my wounds in solitude,
Nor take pleasure in the bitter fruit of self-pity.
Instead, You insisted that I “suck it up,”
Stretching me far beyond my comfort zone,
Insisting that I be more open, more vulnerable,
And more honest than I have ever been.
You guided me, leading me to do
The next right thing, regardless of what
The consequences happened to be,
Regardless of the outcome.
 
Despite my fears and my desire to hide
The exact state of my heart, which I tried
To mask with a disingenuous smile, I obeyed,
Doing the next right thing—one day after another.
Knowing that following Your will was my only option,
Even when being obedient seemed weak and foolish,
I sucked it up and did what I knew to be right—
Time after time, until doing so became natural and easy.
 
Father, You know the plans You have for me, and I do not.
I cannot see the future nor understand it,
But I know that by following my conscience,
Even when it would have been easier to walk away,
Returning to the false comfort of my vices,
Something of great value has been created within me.
It has now become an integral part of my character,
And I am grateful that You have made me a better person,
Amen.
 
Jack Watts

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THREE Things to Do in Life


From FEET OF CLAY:
 
There are three things a man should do with his life:
 
Plant a tree
 
Have a child
 
Write a book
 
He should plant a tree to feed those who will come after him when he is gone. He should have a child so that his name will endure. And he should write a book so that the purpose for his life will be known forever—Ancient Hebrew saying.
 
Jack Watts
 

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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.
 
—Jack Watts

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