PRAYER: Being Joyful Despite Your Adversities

MY PRAYER: Heavenly Father,
Because You know me so well, and have understood what I am like, even before You knit me in my mother’s womb, You know how fretful I can be—how prone I can be to worry, and how quickly I become consumed by my anxieties and troubles.
By focusing on my difficulties—my health, my struggles at home, and my overwhelming financial burdens—I tend to lose my joy.
I don’t want my life to be consumed with these adversities, nevertheless, I find my days and my nights filled with nothing more than constant agitation that robs me of my joy.
Without planning for this to happen, my mind, my heart, and my attention have wandered far from You and from everything you have done to redeem me, by making me Your beloved child.
Father, I want to confess to You that I have allowed the problems of this world to rob me of my joy and of my gratitude to You, but I want this to change and for the joy of my salvation to return, especially when I rise and when I lay down at night to sleep.
Because there is nothing about me that You do not already know— that You have not already taken into account—I can enter Your rest and be completely confident about Your watchful care.
Being confident of this, I can reside peacefully in the joy of the Holy Spirit, and gratefully live one day at a time, unencumbered by life’s worries.
Because I am confident that is true—right now, this very minute—I bow my head to You in complete gratitude for everything that
Lies before me, whether wanted or unwanted, as I face each of life’s challenges, one problem at a time, knowing You are there.
Thank You for being a loving, caring, patient, and merciful God, who produces joy in my life, despite my adversities,

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