I don't know where I came across the below, I keep it on my computer and I have other copies of it scattered in my calendar and in my desk drawer and I even put in my outlook to pop up on certain days ... sounds silly I know, but when I first read the below prayer, it came to me at a really bad time in my life and I knew I would always want to keep a copy of it, so I did what now sounds silly in print, made several copies of it and placed it in places where I knew I would come across it off and on during my days. Sometimes working in the job I have can be very oppresive and negative, not always thank goodness, but today was one of those days and when I came across this today, it helped me stop, I took the time to read this prayer, to say this prayer and really mean it and then to have a little time with the Lord outside of my normal time - it was a wonderful break in my day - I should take them more often than I do. I wanted to share it here ...
Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.
I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things that you ordain, and the wisdom to pray for those things you would change. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over, and help me to grow as you walk with me during the trials of this life.
And It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.
I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately.
But I thank you that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.