Today. I’m going to pray a prayer from a book Bob and I wrote almost 30 years ago. We asked the “next generation/young people” at my annual family get-together at Pete’s Lake in the US for topics we should write prayers for in our book. Today’s prayer starts with our prayer for guidance. I’ll be using “I” in this pastoral prayer instead of my usual “we”. I hope you can join me in making this a personal prayer for yourself, also, at the beginning of this year. Let’s pray -
I really want to do your will. I want my life to count, to fulfill its potential. When I die, I want you to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” to me.
My problem is that I find it difficult to know what you want me to do. I wish I could receive dreams and visions that spell it out, just like those characters in the Bible.
But I don’t. I see different possibilities, each with its own pros and cons, and it is so hard to know what is right. I get advice from my friends, but that doesn’t always solve my dilemma.
I need your guidance, that sure word from you that speaks to my innermost being and says “This is the way, walk in it.” Help me to patiently wait for it.
Help me to discern it when it comes. Help me to have an open, teachable spirit that honestly wants to be led by you, free from those subtle and deceptive influences that block your voice.
Father, there are those who need your touch today. Please be with those who are grieving, those who are discouraged and depressed . . . Be especially with our loved ones in the congregation who are battling with illness and infirmity: Lil Poots, Brian Laughlin, Ron Batey, Ron Trenholme, Alan Smith, Lorimer Floyd.
God of good gifts,
Help me to discover my potential.
Guide me as I live and learn.
Show me the way to find the good things that you have laid before me.
Give me courage to explore new things.
Teach me how to know and name my gifts and talents. Inspire me with the incentive to use them in the loving service of others and the common good.
Just as Jesus called people on a journey of growth and development,
Call me to walk in your way
That I may find meaning and purpose in being all the good that I can be.
May I never give up learning and growing. May I never tire of finding the gifts within me and in others. Help me to always encourage and support all who I live and work with in being the best that we can be.
May this always be so. Amen.