Reading: Proverbs 19-22; Psalm 4
Father, be gracious to me and hear my prayer. Answer me like you have before. When I’m angry, keep me from sinning. Give me the strength to bite my tongue and to work through it in silence. Help me to keep my trust in you. You have given me more joy than anything or anyone in this world. May you give me peace and sleep, knowing that my security and trust are in you. Forgive me for the times I have been angry at you for stupid decisions I have made. Give me the good sense that will make me slow to anger, then it will be my glory to overlook and offense. O Lord, deliver me from this acedia, this sloth that casts my soul into a deep sleep and leaves me in a state of exhaustion. Bring me back to a place of vitality and joy. I go on and on making my plans, but yours are the only ones that stand. Father, give me insight to draw out the purposes of people’s hearts that I might guide them towards you. But let me see that my wisdom, my counsel, and my understanding will never exceed yours.