Prayer for September 8: Please pray with me. God of grace, today we pray for critical people – those that suck the joy out of anything in life. We would be lying if we said these people are easy to deal with or that we enjoy being around them. Often these people drive us nuts. We struggle with extremely critical people. Sometimes we want to strangle them Lord. Why do these people always feel the need to be right and crush everyone else who disagrees. Why? Give us grace Lord in our dealings with these people. Help us to be an example of a better way to live. Help us to not respond to criticism with the same criticism. Help us to hand these folks over to you. And if need be, put distance between ourselves and really critical people – for both their sake and ours. Amen.