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Heavenly Father,

These are your words. This is your gospel. The good and great news that there is freedom and forgiveness and grace and mercy for sinners who deserve nothing but condemnation, eternal punishment, wrath and anger.

You are all powerful! You rule over all. You are King. You stood as King at the flood. There is nothing that happens outside of your control. All is yours. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Prov. 21:1).

Father, forgive me. I do not trust you or your will for my life. I want to control my life and my family — I only want the easy way, the way with no suffering. Please give me a truly submissive heart that is not hasty, not prideful, not arrogant, but slow to speak, slow to become angry, and quick to listen, consider, and pray. Give me your heart of compassion and love. I think I’m right and my way is best, but that is totally false! A total deception. The sum total of all that I don’t know could fill a million universes.

Please help me trust you and love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as myself.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Learning to Live in the Garden of Grace

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