Prayer: Lead me according to Your plan

Heavenly Father,

How often has my own vanity gripped me? How far have I wandered according to my will, according to my desires? How many times have I sought what I wanted without considering what You have planned for me, what Your design may have been for my life? Like the lost sheep or the Prodigal Son, I have ventured far, and, in that, became my own distraction as I have put barriers and stumbling blocks in front of me, and then wondered where they came from.

Yet, You, O Lord, have known me since I was in the womb. Before I drew my first breath You formed me, You breathed air into my lung. You laid out a plan for me and have set it before me, giving unto me the gifts and abilities, the strength and perseverance to see it through. In Your love, and according to You hope You have bound Your will to my life as Your grace has come to encompass me.

Take me then, O Lord, and cast from me my own vanity and pride. Blind me to my own self-interest and arrogance. Through Your Spirit lead me, drawing me closer to You even as It brings me peace in the knowledge that, in You, I become something more than myself, lifted to a purpose greater than myself. I give myself to You. Take me, lead me, strengthen me, and mold me that I may be used, in every way, through every day, to be as You have intended for me to be.

In the name of Your Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the Kingdom, one God, world without end, Amen.

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