How Should I Pray Lord?

Recently, I was feeling rather concerned and overwhelmed about all the various issues facing our world. I was confused about how I should pray regarding them. How could I cover the bases, yet do a fair job of prayer? The following is the result of this discernment process:

NOVENA ON WORLD WOES

From terrorism, deliver us Lord.

From political chaos, deliver us Lord.

From moral chaos, deliver us Lord.

From transgenderism, deliver us Lord.

From abortion, deliver us Lord.

From sex- and human trafficking, deliver us Lord.

From senseless killings, deliver us Lord.

From funding of abortion, deliver us Lord.

From bullying of any kind, deliver us Lord.

From infringement of religious freedom, deliver us Lord.

From infringement of free speech, deliver us Lord.

For an end to sexual abuse, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to domestic violence, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to emotional abuse, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to financial deception, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to political correctness, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to Satanism, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to killing of Christians, Lord hear our prayer.

Regarding gay rights, enlighten them Lord.

Regarding gay marriage, enlighten them Lord.

Lord, open their eyes and hearts to Your will.

For those who don’t know God or who have turned their backs on Him, help them Lord.

Help our leaders to work together for what is right and to put aside politics. Grant them wisdom and right moral judgement.

Give us the strength and determination to pray, to hope, and to never give up regarding Your kingdom.

I hope this prayer helps you in your prayer life. Feel free to adapt it as you wish. You can pray it for 9 days straight, like a Novena. You can add an Our Father and/or a Hail Mary to the end of each phrase or however the Spirit moves you. Enjoy, and God bless!

How We Think Matters

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

Have you ever thought of how negative–instead of positive–thinking by some now-famous people would have affected our world? What if Thomas Edison had given up on his experiments, specifically the light bulb and phonograph, or Louis Pasteur was not persistent regarding development of a rabies vaccine? Where would we be?

We’ve heard astounding stories of people who never gave up, whether it was a fight for survival, conducting an experiment, pursuing a dream of theirs or something else. The positive thinking, determination and persistence of others can change our world! If, however, they had given up due to negativity, laziness, lack of effort, etc., things would be much different.

Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s futile to keep going with a project, when it’s best to regroup and try again, or how to know if our contribution will even make a difference.

All we can do is what we can do. However, if we don’t try, we’ll never know will we? If we do try, even if we ‘fail,’ we will hopefully learn something. Who knows, depending on what it is, we can make a difference, whether it’s for a few people or many. Happy persistence!

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams