Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

A prayer in our search for happiness

Matthew 5:6 (ESV)
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Psalm 103:2–5 (ESV)
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Philippians 3:8–11 (ESV)
8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Lord, in a world filled with a myriad of voices promising me happiness, help me to focus on You.

Help me to realize that true happiness, joy, peace, satisfaction, and all the other good things I seek in life can only come from You.

Help me to see that the best the world has to offer is nothing compared to knowing You, walking with You, and seeking after You. 

Lord, following You can at times be difficult. But help me realize that these difficulties are temporary. Help me to have faith in You that the experience of true happiness and joy that I seek is just around the corner.

In Jesus' Name

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