Posted by: Brian Musser | March 18, 2013

A Prayer for Diligence During Drexel’s Finals Week

For those of you who are not familiar with the Drexel University calendar we are mostly on a quarter system.  So we have final exams four times a year.  Our Ten week Winter Term just ended and on Tuesday our Winter Finals begin.  As at any College or University finals week is a time of heightened stress and pressure so we greatly solicit your prayers for us in this moment.  This week I will be posting a prayer for some particular aspect of finals each day.  Please take the time to read through them and offer them up to the Lord for us.  If you are part of the Drexel academic community, I may not be as visible in my office this week as I usually am but I will be almost constantly available via email and/or phone.  Contact me if you need me.

Dear Heavenly Father, Lord God Almighty,  Maker of Heaven and Earth, Creator of all things,  Leader of our lives, Lover of our Souls,  Friend, Guide and Comforter,

Lord, we come before you at this time and in this place to ask for your hand to be upon us in an extra special way this week.  As it is finals week at Drexel our stress levels and the pressure we feel have increased.  Please Lord, allow us to use this extra stress for motivation.  Allow us to be challenged by the added work and to be invigorated by the opportunity to perform.  Give us the motivation to study diligently.  Give us the the ability to go the extra hour and read that next chapter and look over that other page of notes.  Help our learning to be honed by the pressure.  Shape us and form us into better students this week than what we would be otherwise.  Give us the ability to work hard.

Do not let us be overwhelmed by the chaos.  Do not let us look at the massive amounts of information needed to be remembered and have our courage falter.  Do not let us give up on this ten week term.  Do not let us panic.  Do not let anxiety and worry discourage us from even trying.  Do not let anxiety and worry prevent our minds from functioning properly, from retaining information, from accurately reproducing that information as required, or from managing our time efficiently.  Help us not to spend time thinking about all that we have to instead of just doing it diligently.  Help the pressure to be managed by diligent work.

And help our diligence to be rewarded with success.

We pray these things specifically, in the name of the savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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