This week I’ve been particularly struck by how little I do for others. However much I tell myself God understands, it’s impossible not to feel useless, and a failure, at times, as today’s prayer shows…


“God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21; NIV).

Fear the LORD your God, serve him only (Deuteronomy 6:13; NIV).

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve
(1 Peter 5:2; NIV).

I’m a sinner
Who is sick in mind and body,
With nothing to contribute 
To your kingdom.

I want to be your good and faithful servant,
But in truth
I’m no use to you at all…

Please forgive my sins.

Heal and restore me,
So I can serve you eagerly.

In Jesus’ name,

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