Prayer Prescription for This Date

Note: This is the second of a series of six prayers that are based on a poem of unknown origin. The italicized quotation is taken from the poem.

PRAYER Rx --- February 4

Dear Lord, "I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things." ... Sometimes in takes an infirmity to make me slow down enough to turn to You. When one is side-tracked, then one has the time to contemplate one's life and its direction. ... Help me, Lord, to see that my life has too often been like driving in the fast lane. I have sped along without looking at a map, so caught up in my own thoughts and everyday demands that I haven't had time to realize where I am headed. ... I wanted to do "greater things," but now You have let infirmity force me to take time-out. ... Inspire me, Lord, to use this time of recovery to see how I might serve You better. Help me to slow down and sort out the important from the merely self-serving. ... Show me how to make my life more meaningful, that others may be encouraged to know You. Thank You, Lord, for this lesson and for Your patience.

In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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