Prayer for Aug. 23: Please pray with me. Holy God, where do we start today? So many people are telling us what to do and how to think about so many things in the world and about our own lives. So many people who want to control us, yet have so little control over their own lives. How do we respond Lord? Give us patience today – we need it. Give us grace that we may offer grace to those around us and especially to those who are telling us what to do. Give us peace to know that only you are really in charge of our lives. Give us listening ears that we may hear what is truly being said, not just the words that we hear. Lastly, help us to not go around telling others what to do or how to think – remind us, ever so gently, that you are the Savior, not us. Amen.