Dear God, grant me knowledge of your will for me, O Lord. Let me please have right thoughts. Guide my thinking towards what you would have me do. I am so distracted by temporal, personal, quotidian matters. I cannot discern the important from the trivial. Grant me the wherewithal to hear your voice, and act on your direction.
Thy will be done.
Dear God, let me be open to correction. Let me see where I am wrong, let me accept when this is so. Let my worry over others’ views of me slip away.
Teach me. Let me be teachable.
Dear God, there is enough. Sufficient resources, sufficient energy, sufficient time, sufficient love. Let me please know this to my bones. I so often forget.
Lord, let me let me know and feel how you support me, even as now, when I am scared of all that is arrayed before me. Grant me awareness of all the ways you are already protecting and guiding me.
My father, let me feel safe in your arms today.
There is enough. Let me be thankful.
Dear God, grant me an awareness of how undeserving I am of any special consideration, mercy, or notice. I am just one among many other people. Let me please have a full understanding of what it means to be ordinary.
Lord, let me shun uniqueness. My nature is to desire that I stand out and be seen as special. Let me actively work against this pridefulness. Let me seek quiet anonymity. Let me desire this.
Dear God, I am worried, anticipating obligations that I am to face tomorrow. I am looking past today, not considering what presents itself in the here and now. In this way I squander what I do have, wasting it on a fiction.
Lord, I cannot improve my lot through worry, not repair my past through remorse. Let me live today.
Let me be present to this life you have granted me, and not push away the gift like a sullen child.
Thy will be done.
Dear God, let me try my best to be a being of love. The greatest gift I might pass on to others is a glimpse of what you have bestowed on me: peace. From you I have received peace of mind. Even amidst troubles, deep down I know I am unmoved.
Let me please give to those around me some small measure of comfort. I see so many who are agitated, fearful, angry, envious, frustrated — let my own such emotions dissipate. Let the calm you bestow upon me become a beacon to others. All can have your gift of peace. Let me try, today, to live such that others might believe this is so.
Let me gaze around me with equanimity and love. Let others’ vexations and worries flow around me, leaving me unbespotted. Let me cling to you as you glide over the landscapes and their battles. Carry me, apart from the muck of the world. Let others see, that they may hope.
Let me try to deserve the grace that holds me aloft.
Dear God, let me attend to all the small tasks you set for me today. Let me not seek large efforts nor dramatic actions, but instead small, quiet acts of devotion. The life I live today is my craft. I can fashion this day’s doings with care and detail, like a clockwork. There are hidden, carefully-wrought mechanisms inside that none shall see, worked at painstakingly. I know they are there.
Let me pursue a quiet, secret devotion today.
Dear God, let me live a grateful life today. Let me accept all that entails. Let me shoulder my duty of giving. Let me give. Let me provide support and love to others. Let me not take. Let me overcome my nature. Let me draw near to you today.
You have refashioned me. Let me live thankfully in this new self.
Dear God, thinking about attending to all the small trials throughout the day I will face brings with it anxiety and sullen resentment. Imagining my chores, errands, and challenges vexes me.
Lord, you call me to be a being of love, to bring charity to my life. Cure my attitude, that I may be loving. Take away al these gnawing emotions. I look high and low for problems to which to affix my attention. Let me spend the same mental energy seeking joys to notice.
Lord, let gratitude and love fill me, that my small, self-centered impulses become expelled, erased.
Let me be more loving, more giving, more grateful, more charitable today.
Thy will be done.
Dear God, as I try to fulfill all my obligations today, walk with me and guide me.
Those tasks that cause me fear: correct my attitude. Those that I plan for my own selfish ends: correct my intent. Those about which I am sullen and reluctant: correct my emotions.
Let me have greater humility and joy today. Let these be my offerings to you.