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One-Minute Prayers® for Graduates
by Harvest House Publishers
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The Next Steps
Dear God, I am grateful for this chance to turn an important page in my life story. Graduation brings so many opportunities—jobs, internships, military service, or a more advanced degree or certification. As I complete various applications and interact with new people, please calm my heart. May your peace take the place of my insecurities and doubts and raw nerves.
As I take the next steps toward my future, remind me to breathe, to be honest, and to simply be myself. Thank you again for opening the door of opportunity to me. May I walk through the doorway in your strength and grace. Amen.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
A New Season of Life
Creator God, at the start of this new season of life, please be with me as I gaze into the distance at a world full of possibilities. A world of hopes and dreams, opportunities and challenges.
Please take my fears and turn them into opportunities to grow. Empower me when my faith grows weak. Through all the seasons of my life, please walk with me. Remind me that I am not alone. You will be with me in my victories and my defeats.
May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our
ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May
he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him.
1 Kings 8:57-58
A License to Learn
Dear all-knowing heavenly Father, I praise and thank you for new opportunities to learn and grow. It’s hard to believe, but I’m officially a graduate! I can’t wait to see what’s next in my life!
Please open my eyes and my mind to new truths and insights. Nurture in me a hunger for knowledge. I want my diploma to be more than an acknowledgment of what I have already learned. I want it to be a license for a bright future. I want it to encourage me to learn even more.
As I learn, balance my curiosity with contemplation and prayer. Be with me as I venture into adulthood. May I always build my life from a foundation of truth. Amen.
The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Psalm 69:32 NLT
PRIORITIES IN PLACE
The Greatest Gift
Lord, thank you for all the gifts you have given me here on earth. I am incredibly fortunate, especially in light of how people my age in other parts of the world have to live.
However, I want to value my spiritual gifts and blessings more than anything in the material world. I don’t want to get too attached to any of my “stuff.” And I don’t want to value anything more than I value you.
Please help me order my priorities—with you always at the top of the list. And if that means giving up something, so be it. I ask for the strength to do the right thing.
I praise you for being the greatest gift of all. Amen.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole
world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Someday or Today?
I have so many hopes and dreams right now. So much that I hope will happen…someday. I am full of good intentions. But I know that an intention is not the same thing as a plan, a commitment, or an achievement. May I avoid letting opportunities slip through my fingers.
Help me to set priorities and timelines. Give me the discipline to make a to-do list and start getting things done. I don’t have an endless supply of time, even though it might seem that way right now. Time is a gift from you. Guide me so that I will use that gift wisely. Help me to focus less on someday and more on today.
Don’t brashly announce what you’re
going to do tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 MSG
First Things First
I love it when my life overflows with blessings. But when it overflows with deadlines, responsibilities, and new schedules? Not so much.
There are so many new things in my life, I’m not sure where to put them all. And it seems like not everything is going to fit. So, what do I leave in? What can I leave out? I need your help here.
Help me figure out what is a “must” and what is optional or no longer important. Relationships, rest, work, spirituality, health—I need help with it all. I don’t want what is seemingly urgent to crowd out what is truly important. Please be my guide. I want my life to be more than adequate or even good. I want it to be great.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and
all these things will be given to you as well.
The Master Plan
At this point in life, I find myself making all kinds of plans and setting a variety of goals. The possibilities seem endless. Help me craft my plans carefully and prayerfully. Don’t let me fall into the trap of making random plans and then asking you to bless them. I don’t want you to be an afterthought. I want you to be the ultimate source and inspiration for my plans and goals. I don’t want to spend the next few years chasing after the wind.
I commit to planning with care, to seeking wise advice, and to making sure each goal is based on healthy desires and ambitions. I want to make sure my plans are in line with your master plan. I want my ideas, skills, and energy to make this world a better place.
Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your
God, failing to observe his commands, his laws
and his decrees that I am giving to you this day.
Find a Foundation
As a recent graduate, I am thankful that I have learned so much. But sometimes I wonder if it’s too much. In a year, how much of what I have learned will I be able to remember? It’s hard to hold on to facts and concepts if I don’t apply them in my everyday life. This reminds me of your promise that hearing your Word and putting it into practice is like building a house on a solid-rock foundation.
I want to build my life on you, not my own opinions or emotions. Not on the shifting sands of what’s popular. I want to build a life that will withstand the storms that will inevitably come my way. Please help me build that life. Please be my foundation.
Everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise
man who built his house on the rock.
To Defend and Protect
One way you express your kindness, grace, and righteousness is by defending and protecting people—especially those who are most vulnerable in our world. May I never leave a vulnerable, hurting person exposed to harm of any kind. May I always stand up for what is right. May I remember that when I protect, encourage, and help “the least of these,” I am helping Jesus himself.
Please give me the courage to stand, even when it feels as if I am standing alone. And thank you for the assurance that I am never actually alone, for you are always with me.
They caused the cry of the poor to come before
him, so that he heard the cry of the needy
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