Dear God

Dear God,

Forgive me God for failing to begin every day in thanksgiving and praise to you, my creator. Psalm 100:4: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Forgive me God for not reading your word every day of my life. Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Forgive me God for not meditating on your word, day and night. Psalm 1:2: but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Forgive me God for not putting my complete faith and trust in you. Psalm 62:8: Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Forgive me God for not teaching my children something about you every day. Proverbs 22:6:  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Forgive me God for being selfish and not thinking of others. Philippians 2:4: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Forgive me God for loving at times, the things of this world, more than I love you. 1 John 2:15: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Forgive me God for failing to speak a kind word to others. Proverbs 16:24: Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Forgive me God for thinking that I am superior to other people. Philippians 2:3: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Forgive me God for being too busy to see the reality of your kingdom, plainly in front of me. Luke 10:40: But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

Forgive me God for not taking the time to enjoy your wonderful creation. Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Forgive me God for not sharing the Gospel with those that so desperately need to hear it. Matthew 28:19-20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Forgive me God for trusting in my own power more than I do in your power. 1 Chronicles 17:20: There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Forgive me God for not believing that you give me strength to do your work. 2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Forgive me God for seeking to minister in my own way and not yours. Proverbs 16:3: Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Forgive me God for not believing at all times in the power of the Holy Spirit, especially through prayer. Romans 8:26-27: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Dear God: Thank you for who you are: my creator, redeemer, and sustainer. Thank you for loving me and forgiving me and continuing to use me, even though I am far from perfect. Help me to place my complete trust in you at all times and to continue to faithfully serve you in all that I do. Help me to remember that I am a child of God and use me to bring light to a world that is full of darkness. Continue to remind me to be humble and to give all honor and glory to you in everything that I do. Amen.


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