Prayers of petition are perhaps our most common prayer from the desperate plea of “Help!” to prayer of intercession for those we love and those who are in grave need. Write about times when you have prayed for someone or something. How was that prayer answered?
Start to keep a “gratitude journal.” Each day, write several things for which you are grateful. Notice how easy or difficult this is for you, and whether that changes from day to day depending on the circumstances of your life. After you have done this for a few weeks, write about whether you notice any change in your attitude or outlook on life.
God’s totally positive and lasting way of removing our shortcomings is to fill up the hole with something much better, more luminous, and more satisfying. Then your old shortcomings are not driven away, or pushed underground, as much as they are exposed and starved for the false program for happiness that they are. Like used scaffolding, our sins fall away from us as unneeded and unhelpful because now a new and better building has been found.
Spend some time playing with a child’s set of blocks or a deck of cards or a lump of clay. Build various structures, knock them down, notice what makes a structure more or less solid and stable. As you move the pieces around, think about how they represent different aspects of your life, your relationships, your strengths and weaknesses.
Sacred Words “Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!...’ And David said to Nathan, “I have indeed sinned.” —2 Samuel 12:7, 13
“In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently than those you judge.” —Romans 2:1
“If you are bringing your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother or sister has anything against you, go first and be reconciled to him or her, and then come back and present your gift.” —Matthew 5:23–24