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Prayer For Strength, Determination & Willpower

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end war; for we know that You have made the world in a way that man must find his own path to peace within himself and with his neighbor.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation; for You have already given us the resources with which to feed the entire world if we would only use them wisely.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to root out prejudice, for You have already given us eyes with which to see the good in all men if we would only use them rightly.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end despair, for You have already given us the power to clear away slums and to give hope if we would only use our power justly.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end disease, for You have already given us great minds with which to search out cures and healing, if we would only use them constructively.

Therefore we pray to You instead, O God, for strength, determination, and willpower, to do instead of just to pray.

--Gerry O’Connor
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