Steer

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbor,
where I can be safe
from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see
the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage
to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger,
in your name we shall find comfort and peace. Amen.

(a prayer of Basil of Caesarea)

Listening

Dear Jesus,
Teach me to be a better listener. Soften my heart so that I may receive counsel willingly and with gratitude. When I stumble or make mistakes, give me the humility to accept godly correction so that I may grow in understanding. As I learn to be a good listener, I pray that you would bring me the blessings of spiritual maturity.

(an excerpt from the book, 365 Pocket Prayers, by Ron Beers)

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Wit's End

Thank you
that you are never
at your wit's end.

Bring Them Home

God on high,
Hear my prayer;
In my need
You have always been there.

Make their skies
Smooth and clear,
Get them all
Safely here.
Bring them home.
Bring them home.
Bring them home.

(based on lines from "Bring Him Home," from Les Miserables)

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Please

Forgive me for so often acting
as though it should please you to please me.
May it please me to please you.

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Incautious

God, make me incautious in my dealings with you,
like a little child,
amen.

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