A Prayer For Today

Jan 3, 2016, 4:40 PM |

by HJS

Lord, help me to live today as though it were the last day of my life, as though all the other days that I have ever experienced and all the days that I hope to experience, didn't even exist in my thinking.

Help me to put into practice this day what I really believe - that You are alive and You are there when I need Your help, that You know me for what I really am yet love me, forgive me and accept me. Help me to give up on having to solve everybody's problems - my own included - and live worry-free, at least for today.

Open my eyes today so that I can see the smile of a baby and notice the beauty and freshness of a flower. Help me to see the blue of the sky and the green of the grass, the splendor of Your world as Your hand  paints the sky both morning and evening a thousand colors and shades.

Give me the perspective of eternity, to make me realize that the trivial concerns that consume my time and energy, things that I think are so important now, will not really count five minutes after I die. Today help me to focus on what really counts - my spouse, my children, my family, my friends, my calling in life. Today, Lord, just let me be what I am and nothing else - transparent, open, free from guile and hypocrisy.

Help me to see others, too - not the veneer, the outside - but let me look beyond their idiosyncracies and personalities to see the good that is in them because Your hand has touched them.

Help me to set aside my agenda and consider how Your agenda might be different from mine. Today, help me to think of interruptions and difficulties as special challenges that You have allowed because You have something special to teach me.

Lord, help me to be thankful for what I have as well as what I don't have. Help me to see Your copious hand of blessing and focus on the many, many things You have given me rather than be discontent with what I think I need which I may not really need after all.

This sounds like a pretty tall order, Lord, but in reality it is what I need to do every day. It's what You did day after day, giving us an example so that we can follow in Your footsteps. And one more thing, Lord, please forgive me of my failures, my shortcomings, my wrongdoing. Yes, forgive me of my sin as I forgive those who sin against me. That's it, Lord, my prayer for today.