A Prayer for a Do-Over

This here is something I’ve prayed so often that it’s almost memorized.  Maybe you find yourself saying the same things when you get on your knees.  God is a God of restoration, and even in your simplest requests, He has the power to make ALL things new.

Dear God,

I’m coming before you with a request – A request that only You can make happen.  It’s a simple request, but a large one.  If anyone knows the magnitude of this, it would be You.

I ask that let me do this one over.  I failed the first time, and I want to try again.

Please, God, allow me to rectify the things I said out loud and even those secret words I felt in my heart.  With Your loving hands, erase the thoughts that drove me to act on impulse and hurt other people.   Wipe the slate clean for me.

I know that You give me tests to be certain of my motives, and I believe I failed at each and every one of them.  So, I come before You not only for Your pardon, but also for Your mercy.  My attempts to act better, to live better, and to love better just didn’t go well the first time around.

Lord, I’m ready to do it the right way this time.  I’m ready to take my hands off of the situation and let You take control.  If You’ll allow me the chance, I will prove to You that I’m not as hard-headed as before.  I’ll show You that I can be trusted with just a little so that You can bless me with more later.

This one thing that I ask is a big request, I know.  But, I’m desperate for a change. I’m desperate for a breakthrough in my ill ways.  Let me do this one over.


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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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