A few years ago, I grew tired of hearing myself pray. Let me explain.
If you’re anything like me, your prayers are often informed by Scripture, theology, and a God that is good (why talk to a whacked out, evil being, at the end of a long day?). And if you’re anything like me, you share certain concerns and that’s what is often at the heart of our prayers (loved ones, things we love, the lives we live). I found myself repeating my own version of my story and never really felt that my voice was the only perspective with which to view things. So, I started collecting prayers. I started a file of prayers I have heard or prayers I have seen in print. One of the more meaningful ones I have used is below….maybe you’ll also find it worth keeping.
“Heavenly Father, you have called us to follow you and live counter-cultural lives. You have called us to let you shape our dreams, our goals, our desires, and our hearts. Your story has become our story.
But we confess that we have allowed our world to shape us instead of you. Where you desire us to serve, we have sought to be served. Where you desire us to sacrifice, we have pursued comfort. Where you have called us to engage, we have remained passive and aloof. Though you have called us to hunger and thirst for righteousness, we have sought to fill ourselves with lesser things that can never satisfy.
Forgive us for our refusal to follow you. Give us grace to live as faithful disciples and strength to pursue you with our whole hearts. Give us grace to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”