The Prayer of Simplicity


Philippians 4:11-12 (MSG)
11  Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.
12  I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.

Lord,

I desire to uncomplicated and untangle my life so that I can focus on what really matters.

For that purpose, cultivate in me the art of letting go.  Release me from that inordinate attachment to owning and having so that in such freedom I may better know your generosity.

Grant me a less cluttered life so that I may become a more distilled and whole person.

Grant me that simpler lifestyle so that I may create more space in my life for loving and serving you and those you have appointed to me.

Address the same in my speech by being more honest and simple in what I say without any dissembling or double meanings.

Free me from the hateful sins of envy and entitlement so that I will truly be able to live that simpler lifestyle.

All this I ask that I may be able to stake my identity in you and your love and not the accumulations of my life.   AMEN

 

Having prayed this prayer…

Review and assess the issues and activities in your life that complicate and confuse a simpler lifestyle so that you may cease what you may, remove what you need to and be more content with less.

Initiate a simpler lifestyle by downsizing your possessions and restricting your storage space.

Cut back on your shopping and discretionary spending and work more at eating simpler foods.

Engage more in the simple pleasures that do require expense.

Work at removing those distractions in life that require investments and preoccupation with things.