Bible Passage: Esther 4
Reinhold Niebuhr’s serenity prayer is a wonderful gift to the church. As we are called to make decisions and take action in our day to day lives, Niebuhr’s prayer reminds us that the ultimately, the source of all wisdom is God himself.
Too often we can forget to engage the Lord in prayer as we navigate the rote routines of our lives, perhaps thinking they are too small to bring to him, or perhaps we are caught up in the stresses of the situation and the practice of prayer simple doesn’t come to mind.
Niebuhr’s prayer is a wonderful prayer to learn as a part of our spiritual practice — shaping our hearts and understanding to bring all things before Him, to take things as they are, and not as we would have them, and learn patient endurance as we await our life with him forever more.
I encourage you to learn this / pray this as you head into the week and as you read Esther’s story and listen to the Spirit what he would have you learn from its words!
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.