Gracious God:

The inclination of my heart is always toward arrogant pride and self-reliance. Apart from your grace, I will always believe that what is in me is sufficient to do the work before me. Apart from your grace, I will never walk in constant, fervent devotion to you in prayer.

I need you, Lord, even to know how much I need you.

I need you, Lord, even to know how much I need you. I need you to press into my soul the reality of my desperate need for your presence, your power, your person, your help. You are the vine, Lord, and I am but a branch; apart from you I can do nothing.

Help me, then, to feel the burden of my need. Humble me, that I may recognize how fully I need you. Instead of prideful self-reliance, give me humble dependence. Instead of a deceived hope in my own strengths and talents, give me full-hearted reliance upon your power. Grow in me the habits and faith of prayer. Amen.

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