By Paula Marolewski
Lord, I pray not for an emotional high, but for steadfastness
I pray not for happiness, but for joy.
I pray not for forgetfulness, but for the ability to forgive.
I pray not for the end of trials, but for grace in them.
I pray not for pleasure, but for purpose.
I pray not for the cessation of my loved one’s struggles,
but for their growth through them.
I pray not for a roadmap of my life, but for a light for my path.
I pray not for visions and thunder, but for an ear to hear your
still, small voice.
I pray not for the fire to be cooled, but for the crucible to
I pray not for independence, but for brokenness of spirit.
In all these things, I pray not for the quick, nor for the shallow.
I pray not for what I want, but for what I need. I will set my
eyes beyond my own pain, beyond my own reason, beyond my own understanding,
and seek you alone.
And in all these things, I humbly beg your grace, for you alone
are the Author and Perfecter of my faith.
© 2001 Paula Marolewski
Article Source: http://www.sinkyourroots.com
About the Author:
Paula J. Marolewski provides challenging and interactive adult Bible
studies for individuals, Bible studies, small groups, and adult Sunday School
classes at Sink Your Roots. Studies
include such topics as Debunking
the Myths about Knowing God's Will. The site also offers free weekly Seedlings - “Little
thoughts that grow big results.”