On prayer and thought

This Is What I Think Of When I Pray

It’s a lot of zooming out.

Many people ask why I would thank God for food grown and prepared by other humans. I like to respond by explaining how I like to “zoom out” in prayer.

Many people ask why I would thank God for food grown and prepared by other humans. I like to respond by explaining how I like to "zoom out" in prayer.

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Because I believe God is real, and I believe He’s connected to every part of my day, this is what I like to think of when I pray.

Thanks for this. You know how I feel about grilled cheese.

Thanks for this. You know how I feel about grilled cheese.

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And thanks for a chance to sit with someone I love. Help me to be quick to listen and slow to speak and quick to admit when I’m a jerk.

And thanks for a chance to sit with someone I love. Help me to be quick to listen and slow to speak and quick to admit when I'm a jerk.

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Help me to see every single person the way You do, someone made in Your image and someone who matters.

Help me to see every single person the way You do, someone made in Your image and someone who matters.

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Never let me forget how privileged I am to have money to spend on food. Help me to use it wisely and to share.

Never let me forget how privileged I am to have money to spend on food. Help me to use it wisely and to share.

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Wherever I go today, help me bring hope to the hopeless and make the most of every opportunity — I know that is Your will.

Wherever I go today, help me bring hope to the hopeless and make the most of every opportunity — I know that is Your will.

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Make me ever mindful of how much I owe everyone else — builders and farmers and teachers and soldiers and my own family.

Make me ever mindful of how much I owe everyone else — builders and farmers and teachers and soldiers and my own family.

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Give me wisdom to understand my place in history and how I can in my own small way make my country a better place.

Give me wisdom to understand my place in history and how I can in my own small way make my country a better place.

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You amaze me with the beauty of this place. I know how incredibly special it is, and I want to take care of it.

You amaze me with the beauty of this place. I know how incredibly special it is, and I want to take care of it.

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Keep me humble and help me to remember how small I am and how big You are.

Keep me humble and help me to remember how small I am and how big You are.

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May I never stop marveling at the fact that I’m here on a planet I didn’t make, in a house I did not build, eating food I didn’t grow. I am grateful.

This Is What I Think Of When I Pray
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All of the glory is yours. Amen.

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