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Helping your child through a period of addiction can be one of the most devastating experiences you will ever experience. These powerful prayers for a son on drugs will encourage you to learn on the strength and shoulder of the Lord.

Prayer #1

Father God, I don’t deserve Your grace and mercy, but I ask in Jesus name that You would enable me stay away from drugs and those that would seek to draw me back into the destructive world of drugs and drug abuse.

Lord Jesus, I know that I am weak and that in my own strength I could so easily be drawn like a moth to a flame if I did not have You to sustain me and support me.

Lord, You have promised in Your word that Your strength in made perfect in my weakness… Lord help me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus; help me too take every thought captive and give each one to You and help me I pray to lean on You from this day forward – knowing that I can do all things through Christ , Who strengthens me – Thank You in Jesus name, Amen

Prayer #2

Lord it is my prayer that You would free my son from the drugs that have become almost an addiction to him.. and which have almost broken the family apart and caused us all such pain and distress.

Father You know the anger that seems to lurk within him and the explosive outbursts that are so difficult to cope with. Lord He needs Jesus in his life and the indwelling Holy Spirit in his heart and I ask that You would convince him of his need for Jesus – and convict him of: “sin and righteousness and judgement”… just as Your Word has said.. and bring Him I pray, to recognise that this addiction to drugs is not Your will for anyone and is likely to end in tragedy if not dealt with soon. Thank You Jesus. Amen

Prayer #3

Dear Lord, I thank You that You care for people like me who have gone so far astray from the way of truth. Thank You that You have never given up on me despite my addiction to drugs. Thank You that I can come to You to seek for deliverance and know that You will not turn me away. Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning and thank You that You are faithful and true to Your word – even when we prove faithless.

Lord I know that Your Word promises a way of deliverance to all who seek You and I believe that in Jesus is found healing and wholeness, salvation and security – deliverance and joy. And Lord I ask for You to deliver me from these drugs and free me from being in bondage to this cursed addiction.

Help me I pray. Save me Lord and set me free from these drugs on which I have become so dependant. Give me the means to break loose from drugs and the ability to see it through to the end. I know that on my own I will fail but Lord I do believe that in Christ I can be set free – help me Lord in Jesus name, Amen

Prayer #4

Dear Lord, please release my son from the angers that dwell inside of him. Almighty Father, take him in your hands and guide him to better choices, for a life without the need for drugs or alcohol. That the trouble that he is now facing, is left behind him. Lord, my son is a wonderful young man, give him the courage and the faith to believe in himself, and realize how much he is loved and cherished.

Father, hear my prayers for him and all others that are living the same kind of life. Heal them Lord, let them rejoice in a life of self respect, love for themselves, and most of all the Glory of your love. I know in you, that he and all the others can find peace and happiness. O’ God our Father, please hear my prayers. Amen.

Prayer #5

Dear Lord I bring my brother to You whose reliance on drugs and addiction to medication is causing me and the family serious concerns and sadness.

Lord we really don’t know what to do and we seem to have run out of ideas and suggestions and there is no one but You to whom we can turn.

Lord he is prone to mood swings – sometimes seeming depressed and at other times hyper active.. and yet at other times is only able to sleep – sometimes for the best part of a day.. Help us we pray to help HIM.. and release him Lord, from this unhealthy reliance on drugs. Heal him of the negative effects that they are having on his physical and mental health and return him to normal health and strength we ask in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer #6

Lord, you as our creator, we trust in your name so we call for your help day and night. I have so many fears day and night, deep in my soul I cry every second of my life because of lost my son due to his extreme drug addiction for many years.I pity him a lot. If i could only embrace and tell him how much I really love and care for him as a mother,yet now he wouln’t understand it.

Lord, you know how I feel every moment I think of my son.I didn’t realise that the world can be so cruel to me as he choses drugs more than anything else in this world.I have always tried to mold him to become good boy yet things turned differently as I imagined.I hurts a lot to see my son being sick physically and mentally.

I will never stop begging for your help and for those parents who are suffering the same problem as I have.Abide us in those hard moments. Amen.

Prayer #7

You are a loving God and we praise and thank You for all Your goodness to us and to all men – We bless You for our lives and for all the joy and grace that You so readily bestow on all Your creation.

But Lord we lift up an increasing number of men and women who suffer from drug addiction and pray that You would provide them with the grace and strength to reach out to You for the necessary help and guidance that they may need – as they take the important steps to recovering their physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Give those that are addicted to drugs the will, perseverance, courage and ability to take the first step to regain their health and wholeness. Comfort and succour friends and family members that are affected by those that are trapped in drug addiction.

Give courage and hope to all who are seeking to break its demonic hold over the lives of so many and may the power of Your love and grace transform their lives – knowing that Jesus Christ alone is able to break the power of drugs, return a soul into freedom and bring beauty for brokenness – this we ask in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer #8

Father, in the name of Jesus I believe that my child will be delivered from the spirit of drugs and alcohol. According to your Word I confess and believe that my child is free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol. Thank you that you are bringing my child back from the land of the enemy and that they will be in their right mind and sound in body.

I thank you that my child is whole and redeemed from every evil work and that they have complete control over their body. I believe that my child is set free and delivered because I have called upon the name of the Lord. Keep me in perfect peace as I wait for my appointed time with my child.In Jesus name Amen.

Prayer #9

Lord, I bring my child to You with such a heavy heart knowing that the precious child You blessed me with has become caught up with drugs.. and their life is spiralling out of control. Help us Lord I pray to know what to do and show us how we can help to stem and to stop these drug-related activities.

Wherever the blame for this situation lies.. I pray Lord that You would help us to address it so that our child is able to be freed from this drug-related trap. We pray in the name of Jesus that You would step into this situation and whatever it takes.. I pray that You would convict our child of the need to call out to You for help – for You alone have the power to help and heal their life.

Give me the strength I pray to support my child.. in prayer or therapy or any other way so that they may be enabled to leave this drug-related past behind.. and step out into the future having been freed from this bondage. And help I pray.. for me to trust in Your many precious promises and not lean on my own understanding. This I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer #10

Loving Lord Jesus we lift up all those who are suffering today from some form of addiction to drugs – whether they are prescribed medicines from a doctor or unlicensed drugs that have been gained illicitly – all addiction is detrimental to health and wholeness and Lord we want to lift up all who are addicted in one way or another.

Lord .. we believe that You were sent to heal those that are broken and damaged, crushed and hurting – in bondage to drugs or addicted to some form of medication.. and we plead Your grace and mercy over such people and pray that You would meet each man or woman at their particular point of need – and deliver each one.

Raise up those that would stand in the gap in prayer.. and bring friends and relatives who will be supportive to those that need to be liberated from their drug dependence or delivered from some form of addiction. Into Your hands we commit each one and thank and praise You for all that You are going to do in these lives – in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Prayer #11

Lord it breaks my heart that my beautiful daughter has somehow become involved with drugs and she has almost become a different person with her mood swings, depression and anger. Lord this is not what I want for my daughter and pray that You would help her to reverse this terrible addiction, which has had such a devastating impact on all our lives.

We love her so much and I know that Your love for her exceeds our own (if that is possible) and I pray that in Your grace and mercy You would help her to break free from this addiction to drugs and medication.. and that You would help us to give her the help and support she needs during this most difficult time.

Give me wisdom I pray to know what to do and how to help with her. I feel at a loss to know what to do but my eyes are on You Lord. Visit us all with Your peace I pray and restore the joy and happiness we once had – this I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

Check out this amazing video from Pastor Rick Warren as he discusses how to be set free from self-destruction.

The average child in the United States receives their first cell phone around the age of 10. Some kids receive theirs before the age of 8, while others are teens before having one. In a Niche survey on the subject, only 1% of respondents said that they’d never owned a cell phone, compared to 42% who said they got their first cell phone between the ages of 14 to 17.

Cell phones aren’t just for adults these days. With the structure of our society shifting toward information access, children must have resources available to them to be competitive at school. Teens might need a phone for their after-school job. Much like a driver’s license has become a symbol of responsibility earned, that is how parents and kids treat cell phones.

Every child is different because maturity levels differ widely. Some teens may not be responsible with their phone, but some 8-year-olds could handle the technology with proper care. That is why the debate regarding these cell phones in the classroom pros and cons are essential to review.

List of the Pros of Having Cell Phones in the Classroom

1. Cell phones offer families added convenience with communication.
When kids have a cell phone, they can take with them to school. It becomes a useful communication tool. If a parent is running late to pick the child up, they can text their kids to let them know what is going on. It is a tool which allows children to inform their parents of where they are or who they’re hanging out with that day. It helps you coordinate pickup times, juggle multiple schedules, and ensure everyone gets to where they need to be.

2. It offers a measure of safety for children who are fearful.
School shooting statistics in 2018 reached the highest levels since 1970 in the United States, with 82 incidents taking place. An incident in Parkland, Florida took the lives of 17 people. Lockdown drills are part of the usual school routine, just as air raid drills were a generation before. Kids are legitimately scared to go to school. When they have a cell phone, it gives them a chance to contact emergency authorities if an incident occurs at school. Although the odds are that a child won’t go through an incident like this, having this tool makes it easier to get through the day.

3. Cell phones are fantastic research tools in the classroom.
When students have access to a cell phone, they may have instant access to the data available on the Internet. Kids who are curious about specific subjects can perform research instantly from their desk, table, or assigned station. Teachers can encourage cell phone use in the classroom by assigning specific tasks to students too. By assigning students to groups, then using a cell phone brought by a student, this tool offers unique ways to learn that may help kids become passionate about their education.

4. It offers a verification tool to students.
Students rely on the knowledge and wisdom of their teachers and textbook authors for a quality education. With the prevalence of misinformation available today (some would call it “fake news”), there is a need for data verification in the classroom today. Cell phones offer this as a possibility. They can look up something that their teacher or textbook told them to see if the information is accurate. The process of looking up the information then lodges that data into the learning centers of the brain, making it easier to recall in the future.

5. Students have access to more information thanks to cell phones.
The information access for students before cell phones entered the classroom was limited to encyclopedias, textbooks, and personal knowledge. You had to study these texts or listen to teachers to begin learning about specific subjects. Thanks to the presence of this technology, complete access to any subject is possible at schools today. Students can learn supplemental information about anything to include in their assignments.

6. Information access takes on new formats.
Older generations used to play different games in their classroom to facilitate learning. Hangman, charades, Bingo, Pictionary, and puzzles were often used to encourage student engagement with the curriculum. Cell phones take that concept to a different level, creating games where individual skill development happens while the intrinsic rewards of playing inspire higher levels of retainment. This technology can even help students learn new a new language thanks to free lessons provided by companies like LingoHut.

7. Cell phones create opportunities for social learning.
Being connected to friends through social media creates numerous positives for students today. It can be useful when engaging in homework collaboration. Kids can play games together to foster stronger bonds of communication. It connects kids who may not be able to see each other regularly. When there is a focus on the positive aspects of communication, mixed with some parental controls to limit content access, this advantage of using cell phones in the classroom is one to consider strongly.

8. It facilitates an individualized learning process.
The learning process must be highly individualized for it to be effective. Some students require silence to focus on the information presented to them. Others need music or white noise to stay on task. When mobile devices like cell phones are permitted in the classroom, they can be useful in the elimination of distractions. Although some kids will be distracted by the other options that this technology provides (games, social media, miscellaneous apps), with proper supervision, the benefits often outweigh the negatives.

9. Cell phones offer video learning access to the classroom.
Instead of investing in smart boards or video playback devices, schools can implement a bring-your-own-device policy for cell phones. This access creates opportunities for video learning that may not be available otherwise. Specific lessons are possible with this technology, creating an individualized learning environment even with 20+ students around. Headphones even reduce audio distractions for the other students in the classroom.

List of the Cons of Having Cell Phones in the Classroom

1. Children gain access to questionable content on cell phones.
Matt Walsh notes on his blog that child-on-child sexual assaults are increasing. One factor for this may be the exposure to pornography that is available to kids who don’t have content protections installed on their devices. Among parents of children between the ages of 13 to 17, only 16% said they used parental controls to restrict cell phone use. Just 39% said they used those controls for the online activities of their teen.

Compared to computer use, those figures are staggering. 55% of parents use monitoring controls on their laptops or desktop computers at home. To avoid many of the negatives found with cell phone use, smartphones must be treated like the computers they are.

2. Cell phones open the possibility of cyberbullying.
We all encounter bullies throughout our lives. The issue with bullying will never likely go away, as most bullies act out because of their own uncertainties. When kids have access to a cell phone, then they are exposed to cyberbullying 24/7. Online apps, social media platforms, and other communication tools make it possible for cyberbullying to magnify its effect in ways that never happened before cell phones became widespread.

Having a cell phone in school increases the likelihood of bullying because of this access. Texts, voicemail, and online posts create new contact points which never existed before. When a bullying post is online, there’s a good chance it will stay there forever.

3. There is a cost factor to consider.
The December 2018 rates for cell phone purchases through T-Mobile have the cost of a simple flip phone at $75. Purchasing an entry-level smartphone is $150. Even when these costs are broken into affordable monthly payments over 2+ years, there is the data plan and other elements of cell phone ownership to consider. Having cell phones in schools creates a divide between the “haves” and “have-nots” from a wealth perspective. Those who can afford this tool can use it for educational purposes. That creates a learning advantage over those who are struggling financially.

23% of students who own a cell phone do not have a smartphone in their possession. Only 65% of rural homes, compared to 83% of urban or suburban homes, own a smartphone which could be used in school. Unless districts fund cell phones for everyone, cost factors create education gaps with this technology.

4. Cell phones may create health concerns for students.
Children who receive exposure to the blue like produced by cell phone screens may have hyperactivity behaviors triggered. This technology provides a distraction in the classroom too, as most kids see a phone more as an entertainment device instead of it being a learning tool. Exposure to electronic screens can disrupt sleep patterns, create behavioral issues, and impact student weight if the device is used for too long.

Kids who use their cell phones at school, combined with other technologies, may spend over 10 hours each day in front of a screen of some type.

5. The use of a cell phone can be addicting to some students.
Cell phones offer kids access to social media platforms, talk, text, games, and much more. For some children, access to this tool is more than a distraction. It can become an addiction that impacts their learning potential and elements of their home life.

90% of teachers who have cell phones in the classroom say that the number of students with emotional challenges increased. Teens who spend 5 hours on a cell phone have a 71% higher risk of suicide compared to those who spend one hour per day. Even for eighth graders, there is a 27% higher depression risk with social media use through a cell phone.

6. Cell phones create risks outside of the classroom too.
According to statistics reported by TeenSafe, 58% of automotive crashes involve driver distractions for teens. 25% of all accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting while driving, resulting in almost 400,000 injuries. Texting behind the wheel is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.

AAA released a poll showing that 94% of teen drivers know about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, but 35% admit that they still choose these dangerous behaviors anyway. Teens are four times more likely than an adult to be in an accident or near-miss because of talking or texting on their phone. In 2016, 263 teens were killed because of distracting driving.

7. Cell phones open up a world of sexual predator contacts with kids.
Safewave published statistics about teen cell phone use and unwanted contacts with strangers. They found that 1 in 5 teens in the U.S. who are on the Internet regularly have received an unwanted communication involving sexual solicitation. Only 25% of the kids who had someone contact them for sex told their parents about the issue. Because 3 out of 4 kids above the age of 12 have regular access to a cell phone, contacts through social media platforms, text, and apps have a chance to rise.

Some kids are even meeting the people who contact them. 8% of teens say they met someone in real life when they met them online. 16% have said they’ve considered meeting someone.

8. It changes how kids perceive life when they have a cell phone.
We often think of our online communications as a sort of “Internet diary,” except that is not the case. Most people only share the good things that happen to them throughout the day. The regular issues of life are then ignored. That structure creates the perspective that everyone else has a “perfect” life since each child deals with concerning issues every day in some way. That disconnect can lead to behavioral issues, distrust of their teachers, or concerns about the curriculum that is unwarranted. Cell phones in classrooms must be seen as tools, not a form of record-keeping.

9. Cell phones in the classroom may encourage cheating.
It only takes one search engine result to find an answer. If cell phones are permitted in classrooms during quizzes or testing, the temptation to cheat on an unknown answer may be too high for some students to overcome.

USA Today reports that one in three children in the United States uses a cell phone (or another device) to cheat. 60% of teens say they know or have seen others using connected devices in the classroom to cheat on exams or quizzes. Even school-owned devices created opportunities to cheat, with 54% of students saying they could access outside sides, including social media, on mobile devices that weren’t their own.

These cell phones in the classroom pros and cons cannot provide an answer one way or the other about allowing this technology in schools. Some students may find it beneficial. Others may find it to be too distracting. With gaps in use coming from rural, small school districts, as well as impoverished urban areas, there are legitimate concerns about learning gaps occurring when using this technology. The bottom line is this: it is up to each teacher to decide if using cell phones benefits the lessons they teach.

Getting the day started off on the right foot is key to changing your perspective and getting focused. These powerful morning prayers for couples will help you to seek the Lord’s will and blessing for the day ahead.

Prayer #1

Grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths.

Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.

May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection.

Prayer #2

O Lord, Holy Father, omnipotent and eternal God, we give you thanks and we bless your holy name. You created man and woman in your image and blessed their union so that each would be for the other a help and support. Remember us today.

Protect us and grant that our love may be in the image of the devotion and love of Christ for his Church. Grant us a long and fruitful life together, in joy and in peace, so that, through your Son and in the Holy Spirit, our hearts may always rise to you in praise and goods works.

Prayer #3

Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today.

elp me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me!

Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer #4

Dear Lord, You have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask You to renew my heart with Your strength and purpose. Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in Your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel Your presence in me. Take my hand, precious Lord for I cannot make it by myself. Amen.

Prayer #5

Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer #6

Dear Lord, this morning, I pray that You give me strength today, to be strong for You in this world full of temptations. You know that there are struggles that I will go through today. I pray that You be with me as I go through them. Carry me when I am too weak. Amen.

Prayer #7

Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my rock and my fortress. You are my shield and my strong tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as opportunity to point others to You. Amen.

Prayer #8

Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. And give me courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer #9

Dear God, I thank you for waking me up today. You have given me another sunrise to enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful sounds of nature and the cool breeze brushing through the trees making the birds sing beautiful melodies. I praise You, Father, for allowing me to live another beautiful day in Your Kingdom. Amen.

Prayer #10

Dear God, thank you for the gift of family and friends.

Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, for they deserve all goodness You have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me. Amen.

Prayer #11

Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Here is an amazing video with Pastor Rick Warren on how to grow a love that lasts. Finding a way to experience mature and lasting love in your everyday relationship can impact the expectations you have for yourself and others.

Being the best person you can be does not go without its setbacks. These inspirational prayers and bible verses for athletes serve as the perfect source of inspiration to the types of things you can speak to the Lord about.

Prayer #1

Thanks God, for giving me life; and talents for my participation in sports. Help me to play well, to use my powers to the full, to see them as gifts from you. Be with me when I need to play hurt, when I have to deal with the pain of injury, disappointment, loss.

Most of all, help me never to quit in my efforts to be open to you. For I believe your full coming into my life is the way to real life, in all I do; I believe it is the way of my becoming the truly human person you destined me to be. Amen.

Prayer #2

Help me to play the game, dear Lord, with all my might and main;
Grant me the courage born of right, a heart to stand the strain…

Send me a sense of humor, Lord, to laugh when victory’s mine;
To laugh, if I should meet defeat, without a fret or whine…

Give me the grace to follow rules, to ‘fess up when I’m wrong,
When silence or some other thing wins plaudits from the throng…

When foes are tough and fighting fierce and I am getting weak,
Dear God, don’t ever let me show a broad, bright, yellow streak.

And teach me, Lord, life’s game to play just one day at a time.
With Thee as coach and trainer, Lord, real victory must be mine.

Prayer #3

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

Prayer #4

God, let me play well but fairly.
Let competition make me strong but never hostile.
Forbid me to rejoice in the adversity of others.
See me not when I am cheered, but when I bend to help my opponent up.
If I know victory, allow me to be happy;
if I am denied, keep me from envy.
Remind me that sports are just games.
Help me to learn something that matters once the game is over.
And if through athletics I set an example, let it be a good one.

Prayer #5

I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you… No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

Prayer #6

God our Father, help us to put forth our best effort, to represent our school with
class, to respect our opponents, and to grow as disciples of your Son, Jesus.
Keep us safe from injury and harm through the intercession of Our Lady, the mother
of your Son and our mother, too. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer #7

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Prayer #8

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

Prayer #9

Dear Lord,
You have blessed us with many gifts and talents.
We thank you especially for the ability to participate in sports today.
Help us to play in a Christ-like manner.
Help us to play in a way that fosters good will and teamwork.
Help us to play to the best of our abilities.
Win or lose, we hope to have fun, make friends and celebrate life.
Amen.

Prayer #10

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Prayer #11

Dear Lord,
In the struggle that goes on through life
We ask for a field that is fair,
A chance that is equal with all the strife,
The courage to strive and to dare;
And if we should win, let it be by the code,
With our faith and our honor held high;
And if we should lose, let us stand by the road
And cheer as the winners go by.

Prayer #12

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Prayer #13

Please bless today’s game, our opponent, our team, and all watching our play.
Thank you for the opportunity to compete and bring out the best in each other. May
we play hard and fair. Please keep everyone safe from
injury and harm. We pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit – Amen.

Prayer #14

Thank you, Lord, for the chance to compete and use our talents through sports.
Remind us that we are called to give our best and to finish the race while caring for
others along the way. We pray in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit – Amen.

Prayer #15

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might, He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Prayer #16

God our Father,
You have created us
to strive for the best.
Grant to all athletes, coaches, and fans,
strength to pursue excellence
during this event.
We pray for the safety of these athletes;
Protect them from injury and harm.
And finally, we pray for your grace,
that you would provide us
with the endurance to pursue our heavenly prize:
eternal life in Your Son.
Amen.

Prayer #17

If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Prayer #18

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for this day, for these two teams,
For the chance to study,
To understand the world around us a little better,
For the health to be here,
For the thrill of a sporting event,
And for individuals leaning to play as a team.
Grant that we not take days like this for granted.
Give us the grace to play our best, to be a good sport,
Win or lose, and to honor You with our efforts.
Amen.

Prayer #19

Father in Heaven,
We ask Your blessing on the game we are about to play.
Give each one of us the courage to play the game in a manner, which by our words
and our actions, is pleasing to You.
Let us enter into the competition in a spirit of
sportsmanship
And with respect for members of the opposing team.
We ask you Father, to bless each one of us
And especially the coaches, officials and players.
Keep us under the protection of Your Son, Jesus Christ,
And help us to be aware of His presence with us in the game.
Amen.

Prayer #20

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret place of his tabernacle he shall hide me; he shall set me high upon a rock. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

Prayer #21

Lord Jesus,
You tell us that whenever two or more are gathered
In Your name, You are present in their midst.
And so we are confident that as we lift up our thoughts to You, You are indeed with
us.
Help all we do with this event to reflect Your presence among us and within us.
May all our actions give glory to Your name and promote peace and love to the
world.
We pray this in Your most holy name.
Amen.

Prayer #22

Protecting God,
As we enter into this competition, we pray for our protection and for the protection
of those with whom we will compete.
Help us to play with all our strength and with the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Help us to remember that we are all Your children, no matter what uniform we wear.
When we look back on this competition, let us see that we committed ourselves
fully to the game and emerged with dignity and respect for our competition.
Amen

Prayer #23

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Prayer #24

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this opportunity to gather together
this afternoon/evening in competition. We ask that all of those involved today/
tonight may conduct themselves in a God-pleasing manner and show good
sportsmanship despite the outcome.
Lord, we thank you for the gifts and abilities you have blessed these athletes with,
and we pray that they may use them to glorify You.
We ask that all involved in today’s/tonight’s game may be kept free from injuries
and that You will be with us as we leave this place today/tonight.
All this we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer #25

Lord Jesus,
We welcome Your presence here among us and
In our community of (Insert School/League Name).
Today, we gather together to represent our School/Church.
Share with us Your Spirit of peace and love for one another.
Bless us with a team spirit of good will, both for
ourselves
And the team we face in the game.
Help us to be the best we can possibly be,
To strive to play fairly and well.
We ask this in Your name, Lord Jesus.
Amen.

Check out this great video from Pastor Rick Warren on how to fight discouragement and finish your goals.

When a mother passes on, it can be one of the most difficult things to experience. These uplifting funeral prayers and poems for a mother are just some examples to the type of ways you can bring tribute to her memory.

Prayer #1

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Prayer #2

Does love still last?
Then do not weep for me
When from this mortal cast
I am at length set free.
For I am free,
and gone is all my pain.
If you have love for me
Don’t wish me back again.
Oh loved ones dear,
Now you are left alone,
Have not a doubt or fear
I have just gone home.

Prayer #3

When loved ones have to part
To help us feel were with them still
And soothe a grieving heart
They span the years and warm our lives
Preserving ties that bind
Our memories build a special bridge
And bring us peace of mind.

Prayer #4

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Prayer #5

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Prayer #6

No winter without a spring
And beyond the dark horizon
Our hearts will once more sing ….
For those who leave us for a while
Have only gone away
Out of a restless, care worn world
Into a brighter day.

Prayer #7

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God call us us one by one, the chain will link again.

Prayer #8

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Prayer #9

And I’ve got to understand
You must release the ones you love
And let go of their hand.
I try and cope the best I can
But I’m missing you so much
If I could only see you
And once more feel your touch.
Yes, you’ve just walked on ahead of me
Don’t worry I’ll be fine
But now and then I swear I feel
Your hand slip into mine.

Prayer #10

You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.

Prayer #11

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.
I did not die.

Prayer #12

So let them pass, these songs of mine,
Into oblivion, nor repine;
Abandoned ruins of large schemes,
Dimmed lights adrift from nobler dreams,
Weak wings I sped on quests divine,
So let them pass, these songs of mine.
They soar, or sink ephemeral-
I care not greatly which befall!
For if no song I e’er had wrought,
Still have I loved and laughed and fought;
So let them pass, these songs of mine;
I sting too hot with life to whine!
Still shall I struggle, fail, aspire,
Lose God, and find Gods in the mire,
And drink dream-deep life’s heady wine-
So let them pass, these songs of mine.

Prayer #13

If I should die before the rest of you
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone
Nor, when I’m gone, speak in a Sunday voice,
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must
Parting is hell.
But life goes on.
So sing as well.

Prayer #14

Death is not too high a price to pay
for having lived. Mountains never die,
nor do the seas or rocks or endless sky.
Through countless centuries of time, they stay
eternal, deathless. Yet they never lived!
If choice there were, I would not hesitate
to choose mortality. Whatever Fate
demanded in return for life I’d give,
for, never to have seen the fertile plains,
nor heard the winds nor felt the warm sun on sands
beside the salty sea, nor touched the hands
of those I love – without these, all the gains
of timelessness would not be worth one day
of living and of loving; come what may.

Prayer #15

Lost memories
and forgotten songs,
reflect from a time
when flowers still bloomed.
Moments of clarity
in a swirling void.
The balance of life —
what good did thee do?
Cherished visions
of a smile or frown.
Tears for the sorrow
of a lonely walk on.
A handful of earth
and the breath of a prayer.
Farewell, oh, sweet mother
Farewell and adieu.

Prayer #16

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

Prayer #17

Heaven is not reached at a single bound,
But we build the ladder by which we rise
From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round.

Prayer #18

I lift mine eyes against the sky,
The clouds are weeping, so am I;
I lift mine eyes again on high,
The sun is smiling, so am I.

Why do I smile? Why do I weep?
I do not know; it lies too deep.
I hear the winds of autumn sigh,

They break my heart, they make me cry;
I hear the birds of lovely spring,
My hopes revive, I help them sing.
Why do I sing? Why do I cry?
It lies so deep, I know not why.

Prayer #19

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There she goes.”

Gone where? Gone from my sight…that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she goes”, there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

Prayer #20

Into the freedom of wind and sunshine
We let you go
Into the dance of the stars and the planets
We let you go
Into the wind’s breath and the hands of the star maker
We let you go
We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy
Go safely, go dancing, go running home.

Prayer #21

What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now forever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.

There are many ways to find peace when the challenges of life take over. Check out this video on how to get through what you’re going through.

The structures of capitalism are relatively new to global societies. Although the roots of this society option are often debated, there is a general consensus that it developed in Britain, the Netherlands, and Belgium as early as the 16th century. Because of its emphasis on collecting capital to influence economic power and wealth, it has become one of the most dominant economic systems in today’s world.

There are several different forms of capitalism used around the globe, from a truly hands-off approach to one that is closely monitored. The United States practices a form of capitalism within a mixed economy where characteristics of socialism are also present. This system protects private property, allows for capital to leverage economic freedom, while allowing the government to intervene for the social good of the public.

Because wealth accumulation is the primary point of emphasis in this society option, most decisions are made by the owner of the wealth. Private ownership of property in any form, from real estate to copyrights, is a point of emphasis with capitalism. Public rights always take a back seat to privatization.

With more than five centuries of development and innovation creating the world we see today, here are the capitalism pros and cons to review.

List of the Pros of Capitalism

1. Capitalism encourages people to achieve through their own potential.
Capitalism offers people an opportunity to use their own skills and talents to create a future for themselves. They are the navigators of their own destiny. Other forms of government or societal structures place the emphasis on the welfare of all to assign careers or force people into specific lines of work. Although some ideas flounder or fail, you can always try taking a new path when a capitalist perspective is in place.

J.K. Rowling is an excellent example of how capitalism transforms lives. She went from being on welfare to having a net worth of $650 million in 2017, according to reporting from Forbes.

2. People are involved in the choices that society makes each day.
Capitalism offers representation to the average person – if they want it. You can choose to be involved in society at any level: all-in, as you feel like it, or not at all. You’re always in control of how far you get involved with the choices being made. This structure makes self-governing feasible at local, regional, and national levels.

Because of capitalism, a person’s vote actually counts for something. You’re also encouraged to become involved in the governing process as another way to ensure the goals or dreams you have can be achievable.

3. There is more innovation available to society under capitalism structures.
People have unique pain points which affect their daily lives. Businesses earn revenues when they make positive impacts on those needs through their expertise and value. Consumers look for the best combination of relief vs. price when shopping within a capitalist environment. That is how businesses grow or fail.

When businesses operate under capitalism, the free-market system controls whether or not they find success. The firms which offer the best value propositions while consumers shop for relief are the ones who will grow. That process encourages innovation to be constantly present in society as it is the foundation of how goods or services are introduced to households.

4. It self-regulates the actions and behaviors of those involved.
Capitalism, in its purest form, encourages everyone to look out for their self-interests first. That means households meet their needs by spending the least amount to get the most value. It also means firms spend the least amount possible to develop the revenue-generating goods or services. If a group of consumers does not like the offerings of a business, then that firm with a slide toward bankruptcy.

That is how capitalism self-regulates itself. When firms act unethically, consumers stop making purchases. The firm is then left with a choice: conform to societal standards or go out-of-business.

5. The structures of capitalism promote equality.
The same rules about self-regulation apply to equality when dealing with a capitalist society. When a business refuses to embrace diversity, or it pays one group of people more than another for the same work, then consumers hold the final say. They can stop working with organizations like this to create leverage against their internal actions.

Capitalism promotes socioeconomic equality at the individual level too. Although it would be fair to say that some groups receive more chances to achieve economic success than others, the goal of this society is to give everyone at least one chance to succeed. With hard work, ingenuity, and a little luck, anyone can make a name for themselves within this type of society.

6. There is more freedom offered to individuals and corporations through capitalism.
The structure of capitalism gives each person the freedom to control their own destiny. There is a constant focus always placed on the individual within this society. Supply and pricing are driven by the demands of each demographic or segmented group. Households can choose to spend or save. People may opt to go into debt to purchase items, or they may decide to set a budget to live within their means.

Businesses often think they drive capitalism forward. That is not true. Consumers are always in control. They make all the decisions, which is why corporations and governments work hard to influence those choices.

7. Capitalism encourages people to help one another.
Although the structures of capitalism rely on self-motivation for success, it isn’t a society which is based on selfishness. Individuals must rely on one another to create mutual benefits. The employee at a bakery relies on customers for their paycheck, while the consumers who shop at the business rely on the baker to meet their breakfast needs during their commute. Every action taken in a capitalist society works to benefit another person in some way. Even when someone’s perspective is 100% selfish, their actions still benefit someone other than themselves.

8. It provides consistency through predictability.
Winston Churchill may have said it the best. “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others that have been tried.” One could say the same thing about capitalism. The backbone of a capitalist society is consistency. You know what to expect because everyone, including corporations, is focused on the provision of mutually beneficial services. The government does not interfere or dictate production levels for goods and services. Life becomes predictable, which offers safety and security at the individual level, as the emphasis is on growth and opportunity.

List of the Cons of Capitalism

1. Capitalism encourages the rich to hoard their wealth.
The root of capitalism is the accumulation of wealth. When someone purchases real estate, buys items for their home, or shops for groceries, these activities all transfer money from one person to another, or from an individual to a business. The actions in this society may offer mutual benefits, but over time, those opportunities become one-sided.

Wealth eventually accumulates more often in the accounts of those who are already rich. When you own money, it creates more currency over time. People who spend to meet their basic needs have no way to accumulate additional funds on top of their initial transfers. That’s why the long-term outcomes of a capitalist society are always that the rich grow their wealth while the poor struggle to survive.

2. Businesses are encouraged to monopolize in capitalism.
Disruptors in the business world are defined as small companies who create innovative products which compete in value against the goods or services from larger companies. Capitalism encourages disruptors. It also encourages other companies to put those firms out of business in some way as soon as possible.

Through mergers and acquisitions, research and development, or price leveraging, the goal of a business in a capitalist society is to generate the most profits possible by obtaining the most customers. If that process eliminates the competition, then the firm can set its own prices and quality standards to maximize revenues. That structure ultimately reduces consumer choice.

3. People must produce for societal inclusion.
Work is a requirement in capitalism, just as it is in any other societal form. The only difference with this structure is that the society, not the government, hands out the consequences to those who choose not to participate. If you are not physically able to produce goods or services, then your lack of contribution eliminates your importance.

Pure capitalism doesn’t offer safety nets to people for any reason. Even if an employer acts unscrupulously, or an employee is laid-off through no fault of their own, it becomes the responsibility of the individual to correct that situation. The point of focus is always on the outcome instead of the journey to get there.

4. Growth only comes with continuing opportunities in capitalism.
Despite the advantage that everyone gets an initial fair shot in a capitalist structure, actual wealth accumulation occurs when ongoing opportunities are present. That process starts when children are in school receiving their education.

Kids who live in poverty often come to school without enough sleep. The chances are good that they didn’t have an effective breakfast. Low-income homes are at a higher risk of child abuse, family violence, poor clothing, secondhand smoke exposure, and limited experiences. According to The Edvocate, funding to low-income Title I schools has decreased since 2010, even though schools in wealthier areas see funding increases.

5. Governing prioritizes businesses in a capitalist society.
Capitalism focuses on private ownership over public possession of property. That structure requires the government to fund itself through a series of taxes and other sources of income. All wealth, including the funds earned by individuals, is subject to a portion the government declares ownership over.

When a mixed economy is present, like what the U.S. and most nations have, then the collected taxes are also used for social welfare and infrastructure programs. Because labor is the most significant expense the average corporation faces, it is the workers, not the firms or the government, assuming the highest levels of risk within the society.

6. Capitalism only works when consumers are spending.
The structures of capitalism start breaking down when individuals and businesses focus on saving money instead of spending it. Economies grow only when goods and services are bought and sold. Without new purchases, there cannot be new employment. That is why innovation is a top priority in this societal structure. Consumers must have access to continually new products to resolve ongoing pain points. Without it, they stop spending, which causes firms to stop spending, and that cycle eventually creates a recession.

7. Wealth transfers are not equal within capitalism.
People and businesses with more money have additional research and development opportunities and investments. That gives them more chances to create goods or services that consumers will want to purchase in the future. Compared to the household living paycheck to paycheck, it is the former, not the latter, who will have a better opportunity for long-term wealth accumulation.

According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 78% of full-time workers in the United States report they are living paycheck to paycheck. 56% say they save less than $100 per month. Even 10% of households earning $100,000 or more say that can’t make ends meet today. Most workers say they are in debt now and believe they will always be. That is the reality of capitalism.

8. The entire society could fail if the largest corporations become unviable.
During the global recession years of 2007-2009, several systematically important businesses in the United States received “bailouts” from the government because of illiquid assets, many involving mortgage-backed securities.

The bailout list was extensive. Wells Fargo received $25 billion. General Motors received $50.7 billion and still owes the government more than $11 billion. Chrysler received $10 billion and still owes some of that balance as well. AIG received $67.8 billion. Although the government eventually made money from these payouts, without the bailout structure, the entire U.S. society could have collapsed. If the largest employers become unviable, everyone suffers.

9. Capitalism encourages a reduction in wages.
Labor fuels capitalism. It is a market where scarcity encourages higher wages. When there is a worker shortage, then employment offers must include better salaries and benefits to entice acceptance offers. That is the only time when wages increase in capitalism structures: when there is a shortage for a specific skill.

Wage recession is the foundation of this society type because businesses are encouraged to find workers who will accept lower pay while offering the firm similar results. Employees must then either accept the lower wage or find themselves unemployed. It is a principle called the “race to the bottom.”

10. Wealth accumulation is the only point of emphasis for capitalism.
The only reason to protect the environment from a capitalist’s point of view is that doing so guards their ability to accumulate wealth. This rule applies to social protections also. The energy spent in this society is always on earning more or protecting what has already been accumulated.

In the 250 years since the Industrial Revolution changed human societies, stunning changes have come to the planet. Population growth reached 400% in the 20th century, compared to the .001% growth achieved between the 1st century through the 8th century. The oceans reached record acidification levels. Global temperatures are higher. Consumption is at record levels. Some scientists believe these issues are unsustainable as we continue moving forward.

11. It eliminates competition from the market.
Larger businesses seek to consolidate their position by absorbing smaller companies who become disruptors. Employees and workers do the same thing. They firm up their position in society by increasing their skills and experiences to force other people out of the jobs market. Superior skills earn the best wages in capitalism because of their scarcity. That is how socioeconomic gaps begin forming. There is more scarcity in a skillset which can lead a Fortune 500 business when compared to someone who knows how to flip burgers in a quick-service restaurant.

12. Economic cycles tend to become extreme at both ends.
Capitalism creates an all-in boom or an overwhelming bust because of the way it cycles. That forces people to save during the good times so they can survive during the down years. Households and businesses on the edge of survival during the peak periods become the first casualties of a bear market. Even though consumers are still free to choose the goods and services they want, if there is no wealth, then there are no purchases. That is why government intervention often occurs during a strong recession. By artificially changing the market, the positive elements of capitalism can begin encouraging growth once again.

13. Inherited wealth changes the starting point.
When a capitalist society offers inheritance rights within a family, then the socioeconomic structures change. Future generations that come from a wealthy family do not face the same decisions that individuals from poor households face each day. You still gain rewards through wealth accumulation, but for those born into “privilege,” the need for work or innovation reduces or eliminated completely. That shifts the equality of opportunity which is advantageous in capitalism.

These capitalism pros and cons encourage individual development. They promote innovation while offering chances to everyone, from any socioeconomic background, to earn the success they want in life. The structures encourage hard work and dedication. Capitalism also leaves behind those who cannot participate in some way without regard to the reasons behind the lack of inclusion. That is why most capitalism markets are mixed economies which are regulated instead of being a true form of this structure.

Christmas is one of the most important holidays for Christians as we dedicate the holiday season to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. These short Christmas prayers for kids will inspire you to teach your children to give praise and thanks to the Lord for the many blessings during this season.

Prayer #1

Lord God,
Today may we not only unwrap presents,
But may we discover more of your love.
Today may we not only eat on festive food,
But may we feast on your faith.
Today may we not only cherish happy times with family and friends,
But may we invite you into our lives.
Today may we not only sing carols that celebrate your birth,
But may we dwell upon the resurrected Christ alive this moment.
Living Lord, we long to discover your love, feast on your truth, invite you into our lives and thank you for your sacrifice. Amidst the presents, food and family we long to celebrate Christmas with you.
Amen.

Prayer #2

Lord, you know what it means to be vulnerable
A fragile young life, a defenceless young babe
So may this heart be vulnerable and open
This Christmas with Christ, walking closer each day.

Prayer #3

Lord of heaven and earth,
We join today with Christians past and present to celebrate your birth.
Bind us together as one family with your love.
Thank you for your sacrifice Lord.
Today we eat and and give thanks your birth, life and resurrection.
We share this food, our lives and our hearts with one another,
In memory of you, our Saviour and Lord.
Amen.

Prayer #4

Dear Jesus, I know I’m very blessed today, spending time with my family, having a yummy dinner, and getting to open presents, but I know there are many people who won’t get those things today. Please send those people lots of blessings, and let them know that someone was thinking about them on Christmas! Help me see how I can bless other people more too! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

Prayer #5

Lord, I thank You for coming to earth so You could redeem me. When I think of the extent to which You were willing to go in order to save me, it makes me want to shout, to celebrate, and to cry with thankfulness. You love me so much, and I am so grateful for that love. Without You, I would still be lost and in sin. But because of everything You have done for me, today I am free; my life is blessed; Jesus is my Lord; Heaven is my home; and Satan has no right to control me. I will be eternally thankful to You for everything You did to save me! I pray this in Jesus’ name!

Prayer #6

Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we
made in your image, conform ourselves to it.
In our own strength
we cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wonder
nor is it fitting for us to try.
But Your mercy reaches from the heavens
through the clouds to the earth below.
You have come to us as a small child,
but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts,
the gift of eternal love
Caress us with Your tiny hands,
embrace us with Your tiny arms
and pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries.

Prayer #7

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.

Prayer #8

Thank you God for sending Your Son on one glorious night to be born a virgin, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross for my sins. Thank you that he rose from the dead three days later and that this Christmas and every Christmas we can celebrate the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer #9

Dear God, Today is my favorite day of the year, and this is my favorite dinner of the year! Thank you for this delicious food, and thank you for the people who made it, and please give me strength to help me clean up after it! Amen!

Prayer #10

Dear God, Help us to focus on you today, remembering that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our most treasured gift for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. You never leave us. Thank you for your daily Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, we are safe in your care. We choose to press in close to you today… In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer #11

Father, today I celebrate the reality of Your presence in my life. I celebrate Your birth, Your life, Your death, and Your resurrection. And as I celebrate, Lord, help me to be “God with skin on” to those in need around me. Open my eyes and let me see them as You see them! I love You. Happy birthday Jesus! In Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer #12

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for giving us the gift of Jesus, the greatest Christmas gift of all. Please help me to remember why we celebrate, even as we eat Christmas cookies and open presents. Help me to be thankful for the real reason for the season, and without Jesus, we wouldn’t have Christmas anyways! I love you and thank you for giving us this day! Amen!

Prayer #13

Holy Creator of Trees,
bless with your abundant grace
this our Christmas tree as a symbol of joy.
May its evergreen branches be a sign
of your never-fading promises.
May its colorful lights and ornaments call us
to decorate with love our home and our world.
May the gifts that surround this tree
be symbols of the gifts we have received
from the Tree of Christ’s Cross.
Holy Christmas tree within our home,
may Joy and Peace come and nest
in your branches and in our hearts. Amen.

Prayer #14

Gentle Jesus born this day
In a manger filled with hay.
We your Christmas children be-
Help us now your love to see.

Gentle Jesus, come today
Be our shepherd, Lord we pray.

Gentle Jesus, come this hour
Fill us with your love and power.
You fell asleep in Mary’s arm
God kept you safe from all alarm.

Gentle Jesus, come today
Be our Shepherd now we pray.

Prayer #15

Dear Jesus, Today, I want to thank you for all you’ve done for me. Thank you for my wonderful parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and rest of my family. Thank you for my pets, my room, my teachers at school, my baby sister, and for Christmas. Thank you for Santa Claus on Christmas morning, and the presents that sit under the tree. Thank you for the delicious food Mom has made. And thank you for coming here to save us! In Your name I pray, Amen!

Check out this video on how to learn about the purpose of Christmas and the importance of remembering the birth of Jesus.

Being a teacher does not go without its challenges as they work to educate an entire generation. These inspirational Catholic prayers for teachers and students encourage the perfect words to seek the guidance and strength of the Lord for these individuals.

Prayer #1

O Lord God,
School is not always easy,
And some days, it is very difficult,
and I struggle to relax
and be at peace.
Yet I know that you will give me
patience, wisdom, and courage,
to be excellent in every way,
and you will help me love others,
as you love me. Amen

Prayer #2

Eternal God
Bless all schools, colleges, and universities,
that they may be lively centers
for sound learning, new discovery,
and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach
and those who learn
may find you to be
the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer #3

Father,
We thank you for the opportunity
to begin this new school year,
and we ask that you bless
the students, faculty, and student families
that make our school a great place.
We pray that you will guide us in your ways,
and strengthen our school community,
so that we will seek your will
in everything that we do,
and love others as you love us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer #4

Help me to be a fine teacher, to keep peace in the classroom,
peace between my students and myself,
to be kind and gentle to each and every one of my students.

Help me to be merciful to my students,
to balance mercy and discipline in the right measure for each student,
to give genuine praise as much as possible,
to give constructive criticism in a manner that is palatable to my students.

Help me remain conscientious enough to keep my lessons always interesting,
to recognize what motivates each of my students,
to accept my student’s limitations and not hold it against them.

Help me not to judge my students too harshly,
to be fair to all, to be a good role model,
but most of all Lord, help me to show your love to all of my students.
Amen.

Prayer #5

Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
perfect charity.
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys.

Prayer #6

Help me to be a fine teacher, to keep peace in the classroom, peace between my students and myself, to be kind and gentle to each and every one of my students. Help me to be merciful to my students, to balance mercy and discipline in the right measure for each student, to give genuine praise as much as possible, to give constructive criticism in a manner that is palatable to my students. Help me to remain conscientious enough to keep my lessons always interesting, to recognize what motivates each of my students, to accept my students’ limitations and not hold it against them. Help me not to judge my students too harshly, to be fair to all, to be a good role model, but most of all Lord help me to show your love to all of my students.
Amen.

Prayer #7

Lord God,
your spirit of wisdom fills the earth
and teaches us your ways.

Look upon these teachers.
Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience
and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds.

Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ,
the way, the truth, and the life,
forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer #8

Front of a Catholic school
Father
Help us to not look forward in fear
to the changes in life;
Rather, may we look to the future with full hope,
because as changes arise,
you will lead us safely through all things,
because we are your very own,
and when we cannot stand it,
You will carry us in Your arms.

With you,
we shall not fear what may happen tomorrow;
because you are the understanding Father
who cares for us today,
and who will care for us tomorrow and every day.

We have faith, O Lord,
That you will either shield us from suffering,
or give us unfailing strength to bear it.
Put us at peace,
and give us the grace
to put aside all anxious thoughts and images.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
Your Son, and Our Lord. Amen

Prayer #9

Dear God,
Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return. Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children. Bless them, Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.
Amen.

Prayer #10

Heavenly Father, who promised that all those who instruct others in the ways of holiness will shine as stars for all eternity, fill our hearts and minds with true knowledge and the art of teaching.

Give us patience and understanding, justice and prudence, humility and fear of the Lord. Grant us wisdom and charity so that with a pure and holy love of God we ourselves may enjoy all these gifts and impart them to our pupils.

Teach our children to be obedient to your laws and docile to your inspirations. Let them be instruments of your peace in their homes, in our land, and in the family of nations as becomes children of the sons of God in the Mystical Body of Christ.

May the blessings of your sevenfold Gifts be in all who teach and in all who learn through the Holy Spirit who is the Love of the Father and the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer #11

Lord Jesus,
You understand the difficulties humans face,
and the pressure I’m under right now.
I ask that you guide me as I take this test,
so that I may do my best.
Open my mind,
Clear my thoughts,
Relax my mind and body,
And grant me perfect concentration,
So I may use the knowledge I have gained,
To build up your kingdom,
For the good of all. Amen

Learning how to pray to the Lord will ensure you are best aware on how to articulate and communicate your needs to him for guidance, support, and strength.

When a country is supported by a bicameral legislature, it means the government consists of two separate chambers or houses within a specific body of legislative oversight. About 50% of the world’s governments, including the United States, are supported by this structure. The U.S. Congress is divided into the House of Representatives and the Senate, which meets the definition of this government body.

The word “bicameral” comes from the Latin word for “camera.” The English language uses that translated word as “chamber.”

This government type intends to offer representation at the local level from a centralized representative platform. It also represents all political subdivisions and local legislative bodies with the laws, rules, and regulations it passes.

The big pros and cons of bicameral legislature structures are designed to meet the needs of everyone while providing defensive and social services.

List of the Pros of Bicameral Legislature

1. It provides a system of checks and balances for the government.
Because two chambers of the same body must approve legislation before allowing it to proceed, there are fewer opportunities to pass laws that benefit special interests or specific groups. The exact wording of the legislation must pass both bodies. That means political parties are forced to negotiate with each other, developing an outcome that isn’t perfect, but is beneficial, to most (if not all) parties.

2. It offers representation at the individual level.
The bicameral legislature design offers multiple layers of representation within government for individuals. In the United States, the House of Representatives offers it through small districts, allowing communities, small-town groups, or urban neighborhoods to choose an elected official to represent them based on their population size. The Senate then offers two elected officials per state for representation.

That’s why some states only have one representative, while some neighborhoods in cities like Los Angeles receive more than one. Each population group gets to pick who they think best represents them.

3. It creates a better system of legislation.
When one group of people sets laws for everyone, the minority rules the majority. The only path to change then left for the electorate is to choose different people to be in the government. By creating two different bodies within the same branch, officials are forced to negotiate for a better bill. Even when one political party has complete control, like during the 2017-2018 election cycle for Republicans in the U.S., factions within the party still make it necessary to negotiate.

4. It limits the abuse of power.
The primary benefit of the bicameral legislature is the limits put in place to prevent abusive power. No one group is allowed to freely run through the government to produce policies which only benefit a few. It even stops the minority from being excluded by the majority under this representation format. The checks and balances work in combination with the other branches of government to ensure better results are achieved with greater consistency.

5. It creates a national identity.
The reason why about half of all world governments use a bicameral legislature structure is that it increases their space for a representative republic or democracy. It allows diverse communities to have a positive impact on the laws being passed while offering solutions to stop harmful ideas from gaining traction. That means every community receives representation in a way that is similar, providing the foundation for a collective national identity to be practiced by everyone.

6. It allows the people with expertise to take the lead.
When there are two segments within the same body, there are more human capital resources available to the government. Although more officials equate to higher expenditures, there is the benefit of flexibility provided to the country. The people who hold the most expertise are brought onto bills which benefit from their perspective. Instead of forcing someone to work on infrastructure when their experience is in the medical field, the parties and the bicameral legislature can use the most talented people in each situation.

7. It encourages incumbents to continue running for elected positions.
Politics is the only profession on Earth where a lack of experience is viewed as a good thing. If you needed heart surgery, you’d go with the physician who had 40 years of experience over the one who has 4 years’ experience. You’d hire the golf pro with 20 tour wins over the one with none. With politics, those who know the bicameral system are more likely to engineer beneficial compromises. The structure encourages politicians to continue running to represent their districts, even if their time of service is viewed as a disadvantage by some.

List of the Cons of Bicameral Legislature

1. It increases the risk of political deadlock.
When a bicameral legislature design is used for a national government, the structure requires both groups within the governing body to approve new laws or rules. One body cannot pass legislation that becomes law. Because both chambers must approve the same wording, it takes more time to develop compromises that each side finds acceptable. If one group won’t budge, then the legislation is blocked until compromises are found, or they abandon the idea altogether.

2. It encourages officials to stop legislation.
Within a bicameral legislature, one elected official has the power to stall bills when they feel like they’re unnecessary. Although the amount of stalling is minimal, often limited to the time they can spend on the floor, it does create a roadblock that may force change. Those filibuster attempts often go against what is best for the country, such as the 24+ hour effort waged by Strom Thurmond of South Carolina against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

In one instance, Senator Alfonse D’Amato held a 15+ hour filibuster to hold up a $27 billion tax bill in 1992 that died when the House of Representatives adjourned for the year.

3. It encourages a waste of resources.
The structure of a bicameral legislature encourages two segments of the same body to do similar activities at the same time. That means time and monetary resources are wasted when these two groups try to hash out a compromise. It is feasible to believe that the government may not pass any legislation if the two bodies are far enough apart on issues, which means everyone elected got a paycheck for not doing much. Since these funds come from taxpayers, there is an understandable dissatisfaction with the way this government system operates.

Congressional approval numbers in the United States reflect this dissatisfaction. In 2002, in the time after the 9/11 attacks, the job approval rating for Congress peaked at 84%. According to Gallup, it reached a record low of 9% in November 2013.

4. It is a system which is easy to manipulate.
Over the past 20 years in the United States, concerted efforts at the state level to redraw Congressional districts worked to alter representation patterns. A 2017 report by CNN lists extreme examples of gerrymandering, which focuses on the boundaries of the district on population groups likely to vote a specific way. The Supreme Court will take up the case in Wisconsin when less than half of the vote in 2012 allowed Republicans to achieve a super-majority in the legislature.

5. It allows for special exceptions which eliminate the say of the voters.
If something happens to an elected official while they are serving, some states allow an elected official (often the Governor of the state) to appoint someone to the vacant seat instead of having a special election. That means someone not elected by a 50% majority could appoint someone to the bicameral legislature who doesn’t represent the needs of their district, state, or region while in the government – and the people being represented wouldn’t have a say in the matter until the next election.

6. It rarely represents a system that is truly reflective of the population.
When the 115th Congress took office in 2017, about 20% of the voting members in the Senate and the House were a racial or ethnic minority. That made it the most diverse sitting government in U.S. history. Even then, the discrepancies of representation are noticeable. Even though minorities made up 19% of Congress, they are 38% of the overall population of the United States. Additional gains by women, minorities, and ethnic groups in the 116th Congress will likely exceed these figures in 2019 when new members are sworn in, but it will still be below the national figures.

These pros and cons of a bicameral legislature do create frustrations because the system design is messy, inefficient, and slow. That creates benefits at the local level, however, because new laws are rarely impulsive. The system requires large groups of people to work together, which helps to form a national identity and improve the overall outcomes.

When you have to stand against giants, it is best to have the Lord by your side. These great Catholic prayers for strength and guidance will provide you with the words you need to seek the strength of the Lord.

Prayer #1

Lord, I reach out to you for your guidance.
Please show me which way to turn.
Calm my anxious thoughts, come speak into my mind.
Strengthen me as I falter and feel weary.
May I feel strength rising up within my heart.
Bring clarity into my visions and dreams.
I trust that you are with me, no matter where I go,
Or what I decide to do.
You journey with me always.
Amen.

Prayer #2

Father in Heaven,
You made me Your child
and called me to walk in the Light of Christ.
Free me from darkness
and keep me in the Light of Your Truth.
The Light of Jesus has scattered
the darkness of hatred and sin.
Called to that Light,
I ask for Your guidance.
Form my life in Your Truth,
my heart in Your Love.
Through the Holy Eucharist,
give me the power of Your Grace
that I may walk in the Light of Jesus
and serve Him faithfully.

Prayer #3

Thank you, Lord, for being there for me and allowing me to cry out to you in my times of need.
It is amazing to me that the Lord of the Universe would take time to listen to me and to care about what I say.
God, there are things happening around me right now that I do not understand. Some of these things make me feel weak, helpless and afraid.
Even in the midst of this, I know that you are the Lord.
I know that the situation is in Your hand, and I trust You. I beseech you for strength and for wisdom that I would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name.
In Jesus name. Amen.

Prayer #4

O Lord,
You are the light that guides my feet.
You are the map that gives me direction.
You are the peace that makes me strong.
You are the leader whom I faithfully follow.

May your light illuminate my life
And your guidance bring direction.
May I find inspiration in your word
And peace in my heart as I follow you.
Amen.

Prayer #5

Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands. I am not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, I simply ask that Your will be done in my life. Whatever that means, that is what I want.

But I admit that it’s hard, Lord. Sometimes I feel like I can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for me, and I know that I don’t have the strength on my own to get through this. I know that I can come to you, Jesus, and that you will hear my prayer. I know that it is not your intent to bring me to this point just to leave me in the wilderness alone.

Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need. Keep me from sinning during this trial. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of my hope rests in you.

Thank you for hearing my prayer.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer #6

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.

Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
Amen.

Prayer #7

Lord,
I would love to be with my friend as she/he manages such hardships.
I would love to hold her/his hand and whisper words of comfort.
I would love to change her situation and bring new happiness.
I would love to give her peace as she lies to rest.
I would love to wake her with new hope every morning.
I would love to know how to lead her through this hard time.
I would love to bless her with peace and joy and hope.

You are closer, stronger, wiser than I.
You are with her, Heavenly Father.
You are with her, and will hold her and protect her forever.

I trust in you.
Amen.

Prayer #8

Dear Lord, I am calling upon you today for
your divine guidance and help. I am in crisis
and need a supporting hand to keep me on the
right and just path. My heart is troubled but I will
strive to keep it set on you, as your infinite wisdom
will show me the right way to a just and right resolution.
Thank you for hearing my prayer and for staying by my side.
Amen!

Prayer #9

O Lord,
You are the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
You do not grow faint or weary;
your understanding is unsearchable.
You give power to the weak,
and strengthen the powerless.
Even the young will grow weary,
and will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for you
shall renew their strength,
and shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Amen

Prayer #10

As I go to work,
Be with me Lord.
Be the patience when I’m frustrated.
Be the endurance when I am tired.
Be the wisdom when I am uncertain.
Be the inspiration when I’m out of ideas.
Be the peacemaker when I feel hurt.
Be the comforter when I feel overwhelmed.
Be the energy when I am weary.
Be the guide when I am confused.
Be the forgiver when I get it wrong.
Be with me Lord, today.

Prayer #11

Do not look forward to what may happen
tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares
for you today will take care of you tomorrow and
every day. Either He will shield you from suffering,
or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and
imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my
strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him
and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me,
and I in Him.” Amen.

When seeking for guidance you want to seek for the right type of support for your life. Check out this video from Pastor Rick Warren on how to have your life guided by the Holy Spirit.