A Prayer of Thanks

Today, Almighty Father, I give you thanks.

When I was an unbeliever,
you were shaping and moulding my character;
working out a plan for my life with great care and intricacy.

You sent teachers to help me through struggles
and to develop my curious mind.

Lord, I was lost in a wilderness for so many years,
and you used my trials to bring me closer to you.

I now know that you were holding me and protecting me in my darkest moments.
Your light was there, out of sight, but you were watching over me.

You gave me a taste of depression and despair,
of pain and suffering,
but you led me through those darkest hours to a place of greater peace.

Knowing you, Lord, has been my life’s great blessing.
I praise you for the light you have poured into my suffering soul
and for the precious freedoms you have afforded me.

You are there when I pray, Lord, listening and guiding.
You are also there when I am lost and confused.
You have blessed me so richly and saved me from countless hostilities.

I love you, Lord, with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and I pray that you would keep me in your peace forever.

Amen.

7 comments

  1. Lovely prayer! I hope you won’t mind me adopting it for my own use.

    Does this mean you now realize that God does indeed give us free will?

    Your mega intelligence and the immense talent you possess in your written words were not given to you for nothing … surely you are blessed!
    You can now look forward to finding out exactly what important task He has put aside for you in His name.

    May you remain in His love and peace till the end of days.

    Mrs Thomas

  2. Dear Mrs Thomas,

    Many thanks for your comment and your kind words. Of course I am very happy for you to use this prayer. My belief in God is central to my life but I am still not a Christian and I’m sorry to tell you I still don’t believe in free will. I believe free will is an illusion and in reality God is in control of all. I am quite convinced of this!

    I won’t go into details about my beliefs here as my other blog posts give a good idea of why I resist calling myself a Christian. But I do recognise the importance of Jesus and I often pray to him. It’s all a bit complicated, which I guess is why I’ve written two books and more than 80 blog posts discussing my faith!

    Have a great week, and thanks again.

    Many blessings,

    Steven

  3. Steven, I understand much of what you’re going through or thinking. I, too am suffering from depression and many other psychological disorders. I have an amazing Psychiatrist who has worked with me nonstop for the past 10 years to get my medication “cocktail” “just right”. However, like most things in life, my body changes and becomes use to these medications and we have to start again. She is patient and works hard with me. I too do not want to go into detail about my psychological condition because most people would not understand or get bored.

    I do believe you’re going in the right direction with your daily list. I have tried doing the same thing only listing 2-3 things and I find myself overwhelmed because it takes so much time for me to do the things I want and NEED to do. Oh well,
    things will get done but not as soon as I would like!

    I, too, will keep you in my prayers and if you don’t mind, would love to use your prayer (above). I may change a word or two or the organization of a sentence to full-fill my life’s situations (again, if you don’t mind). Please read my blog and tell me what you think and if you have any words or wisdom, I’d love to hear them. Please check that you will follow me if you feel you can. I am a Christian and have had a “crisis of faith” in the past few years. However, I am trying my best to move through this time.

    God’s Peace be with you!

    1. Hi Debby!

      It’s a pleasure to meet you! Thank you so much for your comment, and for following my blog. I have subscribed to your blog and will look forward to reading some more of your posts.

      It sounds as though you’ve had a tough time! My last spell in hospital was around five years ago, and I’ve actually been doing really well since them. My medication has stabilised, and my living situation is much improved, which really helps.

      Of course you are welcome to use the prayer, and to change it according to your life and circumstances.

      Thank you for your prayers!

      God bless and keep in touch.

      Steven

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