The Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)Complete, Unabridged, Original Version.

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


This prayer is right up there with the prayers I love. The most famous version of this will be the first little section, that section really just puts our lives into perspective, with a call to action.

But all that would be incomplete without the second half. The second half really talks about not Just doing the things in the top stanza, but also HOW to do it. It is the attitude of being satisfied in the Lord, living one day at a time, and fully trusting that He is the God that holds tomorrow, and He desires us to enjoy every moment that He brings into our lives. Praise and worship and give thanks in the good times, and turn back to Him and grow strong and intimate with Him in the hard times, for nothing comes beyond His will.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11



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