Ah, Lord God! It is You who made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for You...O Great and mighty God, whose name is Lord of Hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, teach us to work out our faith in actualities. You are all-powerful and all-knowing, and have all our affairs in Your hands. Grant Divine efficiency as well as Divine power, and bring them to bear on all our affairs. May we through concrete, public gestures demonstrate our conviction that the promises of God are trustworthy and, although we do not always know what the future holds, we know Who holds our future.
You, O Lord, have granted us reason to provide a way for us not to be enslaved by our desires. Grant us by the nobility of our God-given, God-guided reason to spurn all domination by our emotions. May we consider what we spend on our desires; help us search out and become sensitive to those excesses in which we indulge that could be the equivalent of life for somebody else. Grant us the gift of the spiritual discipline of simplicity. We set our hope and affection on You. Amen. (Jeremiah 32.17-19; 4 Maccabees 3.2,18; 1 Timothy 5.5)