Posted by: Brian Musser | March 21, 2013

A Prayer for Perspective 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, as we come before you at this time and in this place, bless us with the ability to put this week into perspective.  Through success and failure, help us to be able to trust that our identity rests in You and not in our performance.  Remind us that we are valuable as creations of the almighty God no matter A or B, no matter Pass of Fail.  Help us to be firmly rooted in our faith that Christ’s life, death and resurrection permanently reconnects us to the love of God and nothing can separate us from your love.  Lord, be our true treasure this week in whatever might happen.

Lord, but I also pray that we are able to rightly view the importance of our work this week.  Help us to work well knowing that you care about everything we do.  You want us to become as great as you have made us to be.  You want us to use our minds to the best of our ability.  Help us, because of who we are in You, to care about how we make you look through the effort we give this week.  Give us the perspective that every hour we put in studying is an hour that we are worshiping the God who loves us so much that He would die for us.  Do not let our studying and performance drive our identity but let our identity in You drive our studying and performance.  Get your glory through us at all times but especially this week.

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

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