Give Me Strength

O God, Give me strength to live another day.

Existing is easy, but that’s not the same thing as living.

Give me the wisdom to choose living over existing, Lord.

Without you, I might not have it in me to choose living.

Give me strength. Amen.

[This is one in a series. For the full prayer, click ” For Today:Phillips Brooks Prayer”  above]


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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

2 thoughts on “Give Me Strength”

  1. This prayer has always been a favorite of mine–and how appropriate for these days. The prayer for strength to live renews my spirit during the season where we especially proclaim “He’s alive” may we add “And so are we!”

    1. Thanks, Bill! I wasn’t familiar with this prayer until recent months – thanks for suggesting it! peace, Johnna

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