Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we ponder our lives as we share a model prayer of a son of the heavenly Father.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
A Son's Prayer to His Heavenly Father
Jesus said, " And now, O Father; glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I
had with thee before the world was." John, Chapter 17, Verse 5.
Oh, my heavenly Father, I reaffirm my faith and trust in you. I reaffirm my divine oneness with you
through your Son, Jesus. I reaffirm my desire to be perfect even as you are perfect, Father, and my
desire to be a perfect revelation of your divine love to my sisters and brothers. I pray Father and I
rededicate and re-consecrate my will to doing your divine will. I acknowledge my absolute
dependence upon you, Father, for all things, meanings, and values.
I seek Father to further adjust and adapt myself to this experience so that I might master it according
to your divine will, and I seek Father to further adjust my emotional attitude and emotional reactions
based on your divine will. I seek your spiritual power and divine wisdom, Father, so I might know
and execute your divine will in greater perfection. I worship you, my Father, in truth and in spirit.
I have given up all temporal things, meanings, and values, Father, to pursue your divine will. Gone
is all my self sufficiency. Gone is my reliance upon the traditional ways of the world. In their place,
Father, is faith and trust in you. There is nothing else or no one beside you, Father. There are no
loyalties above you, Father. All are below All my struggling and suffering is for your sake, Father.
I know that I cannot stand without your support, for I cannot support myself. If you withdraw from
me, Father, I am nothing but the dust being blown here and there depending upon the strongest
In my trials and tribulations, in my pain and suffering, I call upon you, Father, to help me bear and
conquer them, for without you, I can do nothing. My experience is very intense. My pain and
suffering are great. My responsibilities are greater, and yet as I look at all the increasing barriers to
my carrying them out, I am bewildered in my human self, for each day appears a little more difficult
to satisfactorily carry out my moral responsibilities. All that I can do, my Father, is to look to you
and again acknowledge my absolute dependence upon you. There is no where for me to turn except
to you, my Father, for my spiritual needs.
My faith tells me that I am indeed one with you, that our purpose is the same. My slightest desire is
subject to your divine will. But how my human self suffers trying to ascertain your divine will, how
it is filled with doubt trying to be sure it has chosen your divine will rather than its own. My sincerity
assures me that it is indeed true when I say I seek your divine will wholeheartedly. How I dread mis-
choosing. How I dread self deception. How I dread going down the wrong path thinking it to be your
Oh, my Father, how thankful I am for your Son, Jesus, and his Spirit of Truth. That spirit beckons
constantly, saying "this is the way". In every crisis of doubt, it unerringly influences my decision so
that your will is chosen. Always does your Spirit of Truth guide the uneasy and hesitant feet of my
decisions. Never am I alone. Always do your angels walk beside me, ever inspiring me to achieve
greater heights of spiritual success. Always does your spirit of Truth validate my spiritual growth,
the ever increasing comprehension of divine meanings and values, making it impossible for doubt
to steal my spiritual victories. No matter how dark and sorrowful the material path becomes, doubt
is still unable to shake my faith and trust in your divine meanings and values.
And even though I tarry, and my material mind wonders what in the world is the matter, still do I
wait upon your divine will. I know not what tomorrow will bring. You are the source of all my
tomorrows. You hold the future. You are my destiny, in time and eternity. My career is in your hands
both temporally and eternally. I trust you, my Father, without reservation. My loyalty is to you,
Father. For a long time, my Father, I needed you but could not find you because I lacked recognition.
But you had already found me, Father, and you never rested until I found you. And now I am yours
and you are mine, and we are forever one.
This concludes today's message on a model prayer of a son of the heavenly Father. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this
is Dr. James Perry.