A Prayer for Acceptance
This prayer for acceptance is taken from the Let it Go, 10 Meditative Affirmation Prayers CD. It is based on ten spiritual practices I discovered that allowed me to let go of the physical weight I struggled with most of my life, along with the emotional and spiritual weight I carried.
Acceptance is one of the most powerful spiritual practices that, if we do it, our lives will have greater peace and joy.
Accepting God’s Love
Too often, we accept what the world tells us: We’re not smart enough, thin enough, rich enough, old enough, young enough, experienced enough… I hear God say, “Enough!”
Until we understand and accept how much we are completely loved by God, we will struggle, seeking acceptance from others instead of knowing we are enough, more than enough in God’s eyes.
Accepting Life as it Comes
Prior to what our marketing culture wants us to believe, there is no anti-aging miracle. We are aging each day. Looking on the bright side, with age comes wisdom. On the not so bright side are health issues. There are many losses: loss of mobility, loss of energy, loss of friends, spouses, loved ones, etc.
Not accepting losses causes even more suffering.
Life is messy. Births, deaths, moves, divorce, breakups, job loss, being downsized, physical or mental limitations, being exposed to abuse, are just a few examples of what can happen. Many situations happen with no choice given to us. Outcomes were not what we were expecting.
Denial, grief, anger, and resistance are natural feelings. But holding onto these feelings, however, and not accepting and letting this angst go will cause further suffering.
The apostle Paul wrote: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 NIV)
We are meant to learn from our past, not live in the past. While it’s important to remember our roots, we can’t let mistakes, abuse, or hurts affect the present moment. Accept, forgive, and move forward.
I hope that these examples have illustrated the powerful spiritual practice of acceptance.
A Prayer for Acceptance
Dear Gracious and Loving God,
As I take this time to be still, help me to let go of anxiousness and feel your peace.
Your Word says that you are love and where there is love there can be no fear.
Help me to let go of fear and receive your perfect love.
I come before you with heaviness because of being hurt by others.
Help me to accept the effect that their actions have had in my life and to let go of this hurt.
Holding onto past hurts – Holding onto resentments and judgments weighs me down.
I release this hurt.
I release this weight on my body and spirit. I ask your love to carry me.
I let go of hurt, resentment and judgment.
I forgive those who have hurt me.
Because I practice awareness in all areas of my life, I am aware of self-criticism or poor choices.
I accept my actions. I forgive myself and let go of poor choices or self-criticism.
To receive or accept love, I let go of building walls of self-protection.
Help me to receive and accept love.
Help me to freely give love.
Help me not to strive for perfection but to make progress each day.
I accept the choices I make.
I can trust myself.
I make good choices.
Each day, help me to step into the glorious person you created me to be.
I accept and find comfort in knowing—I am completely loved with your divine, perfect love.
In the name of your Son whose example lights our way,
If you found this prayer for acceptance helpful, you may also like A Prayer for Letting Go. You can receive a free download of the prayer and the MP3 meditation Let it Go.
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