A prayer

Posted on · Posted in Godward Orientation, Prayer

Dear Father, please keep me from thinking my life is about me.

My dreams are too small, my desires are too selfish, my actions are too sinful for me to focus on me. Father, you know I can be down and discouraged. You know my weakness.

I pray you would give me the courage to see that my life is about Jesus and loving you as he did on earth. I pray my life would be about living for his reputation. I pray my desires would be consumed with showing gratitude for the grace and mercy given to me.

Father, I confess that my energy is focused on the script I want to write for my life. Help me to have the humility to see that you are the only one I can trust to write my script, my story. May you grant that my story would become your story. May your words become my story-line.

I confess that I often want only what seems good to me and for me. Help me see that what I want most, even it is a “good” thing, may not be what you want for me. Help me to love you more than what I love here on earth.

I pray for clarity to see that you do not treat me as my sins deserve. I pray for wisdom not to trust what I think my story should be. I pray for the grace to see that obeying you is my blessing and my reward.

May my life become a living story that points to you and not to me.

I pray in the name of Jesus, your son, my savior and my God.


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.