Forgive me Lord, when I forget your greatness, power and love, when I worry, get anxious, and have misgivings. Sometimes I can be oversensitive, and quick to take offense. Forgive me during those moments when I am not being cheerful, brave and hopeful. Amen.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt. During my youthful days, this was one of my mantras. Now that I am mature and wiser, I have learned that one can heal more easily from broken bones, than hurtful words. I am sure I have hurt others with my words, just as I have been hurt by the words of others.
And I have learned, and am learning, to forgive and use words to encourage and to heal. Just as words hurt, they can heal. Which reminds me of my fourth grade adage, “I am rubber and you are glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.” So, my prayer is that when we speak to people, strangers, family, co-workers, and friends; those we love and those we love not so much the words that bounce and stick are compassionate, helpful, pleasing, joyful and peaceable. Words that are not profane, malicious and evil, cause catastrophe or strife. Always remembering, if you can say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
Dear Lord, Forgive us for comparing ourselves to other, being envious because you blessed someone else with something we think we ought to have, but most likely weren’t ready to handle. So, we ask you to guide us, send us exactly what we need, who we need, when we need it and help us to recognize, embrace, and use it and them for your glory. Amen.
Dear Lord, Forgive us. Sometimes we pile too much on our plate and become busy, too busy to focus on you, your word and your promises. We leap forward with our plans, forgetting that you order our steps. And when things don’t go our way, we grow anger, bitter and frustrated. Forgive us. Teach us to “be still.” Amen.
Forgive me for rationalizing my wrongs. I know when I am making mistakes, not acting right, and simply being disobedient to your Word. Lord, when I don’t know, show me, search my heart so I may learn to do better. Amen.
Today, I admit I have faults and failures. Sometimes I try your patience, Lord, but you forgive me and still love me. Please forgive me for giving into temptation, choosing the worse situation when I know better; hardening my heart against the faults of my neighbor, coworker, friend, spouse, or sibling yet not focusing my own failures; envying someone who is doing a great work and not believing God has called me to a small work. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit in me. Amen.