Jesus, You are the Keeper of our wayward soul, the author of our unfolding story and the comforter to our aching heart. I cry out to You from the depths of emptiness to be real to me this day. Quiet me with Your effervescent truth. Soothe me with Your ministering Spirit. Lead me gracefully through the terrain of difficulty. I devotedly look to You to guide me on this lifelong journey. It is when You go before me that the rough terrain is made smooth to my feet as I am empowered to climb the mountainous path by the endurance which comes from Your steadfast love. Take my focus off the temporary drama of this day and place it onto the hope of eternity’s horizon. Teach me to measure my worth not by the cultural norms of my day nor by characterizations from other people, but only by the foundation of truth inherited to me through the cross of Christ. In the midst of life’s turmoil I long to be a reflection of Your peace and joy so that others are drawn to the light of God which vanquishes the darkness within. Though my heart aches, I will rejoice in God. Though my story takes unexpected turns, I will trust in my Savior. Though my soul strays from Your heart, Lord, I will continually turn back to You. For Your gladness is my delight. Your salvation is the joy of my heart. Under the blessed melody of Zephaniah 3:17 and the authority of Christ Jesus, Savior of my soul, these prayers are lifted to You in humble gratitude, God.