Blessed be the name of the Lord who is greatly to be praised. Father, show Your beloved the favor of Your hand in the form of sweet and tender mercy. May I fully express the spiritual gifts You have bestowed upon me as You lead me through the challenges designed to shape my character into Christ-likeness. Lord, empower me to drink from the fruit of the vine no matter the bitterness of its unripened state as manifested in some people; so that I can internalize the unmet needs of each soul’s soil in order to be a vessel of nourishment in Your hand which will cultivate the ground of many hard hearts in such a way as to produce the harvest You so desire. Drop in my own heart the seeds of faith necessary to protect me from sour critics who attempt to thwart the work You are doing through me. Under the word of Proverbs 31:16 and the authority of Christ, I lift these prayers to heaven.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:16, ESV