My Prayer for 2022

June Schmidt serves at New Covenant Bible Church as Congregational Care Coordinator. As the 2022 year gets rolling, she shares the daily struggle of wanting to glorify God and yet wanting to feel valued by others. Read on to discover a prayer to help us keep our focus on Jesus.

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Having lived in the world of high school choral music for more years than I care to admit, I have to confess that occasionally I miss the excitement, the drama, and the attention. After all, it’s show choir season! And while I don’t miss the 24-hour workdays and the decision making each competition day demanded – not to mention the myriad of Sundays I was too exhausted to come to church – I do sometimes miss the exhilaration of the trophy chase, especially when the group I directed was champions of their division. And boy, did that help to glide through the dreary months of January and February!

Don’t we all, in our heart of hearts, yearn to feel valued and valuable – to feel like we are winners?

On New Year’s Day, Bob and I engaged in a meaningful conversation with his twin brother Dick and wife Chris. The four of us discussed our daily struggle of wanting to glorify God and yet wanting to feel valued by others. In light of that conversation, Dick shared the following prayer:

Oh, Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted…
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Jesus.


From the fear of being forgotten…
From the fear of being ridiculed…
From the fear of being wronged…
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I…
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside…
That others may be praised and I go unnoticed…
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.


I was reminded of this beautiful prayer as we sang these words at a recent memorial service:

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.


My human brain still wants to win that award, that applause, that championship trophy.
My God-filled soul desires that humility – and the contentment that comes with it.

This is my prayer for 2022 – and beyond! Happy New Year!

Author

June Schmidt
Congregational Care Director
june.schmidt@ncbc.church