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I have something important to ask you for, Lord. Here it is…

I know that you can do anything, and that you like it when I come to share my needs and wants. Another friend, even a very good father, might get impatient with my requests, but you are always happy to see me. You want me to be happy, and everything good in my life comes from you. You taught your disciples to ask for everything, from big things to small ones: the Our Father, the prayer you taught them, says, “give us this day our daily bread…” so I know you like it when I ask for things.

This intention is important to me, and here’s why… Do you see the good that would come from this?

I want to do whatever it takes to win this grace from you, Lord. Is there something I can do to contribute on a human level? Can I work toward this intention? Please don’t let my laziness or fear get in the way. Some intentions are out of reach for me, but I can still contribute supernaturally. What little sacrifice can I offer for this intention? I want to do something to extend my prayer for it throughout the whole day.

This intention is important to me, Lord, but you are even more important. I only want what I’m asking for if you want it. What do you want? Will you help me love your will more? Will you help me let go of this thing if it isn’t what you want for me? I want whatever you want.

In the Our Father you taught us to pray for our needs (“give us this day our daily bread”) and also for the Father’s will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” I’m going to finish my prayer by saying the Our Father slowly. Please give me what I’m asking for now, Lord, and may your will be done.