BLESSED GOD, I use this day as an occasion to look back upon the week I have lived. In doing so, I trace the footprints of your presence with me. I have seen you at work in the little things and the big things that have happened. I am particularly mindful of your goodness in relation to (_____). When I count my blessings, naming them one by one, it is wonderful to see all that you have done.
Set me free from the temptation to grovel in my failures and also save me from any presumptions that would keep me from taking them seriously. It is in the space between despair and pride that I need you to work most in my life.
And what I ask for myself, I ask for others, especially (_____). I ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
– Steve Harper
A Pocket Guide to Prayer
From pages 51-52 of A Pocket Guide to Prayer by Steve Harper. Copyright © 2010 by Steve Harper. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.
2 Samuel 7:14, NRSV
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