G-d, give me money. I have expenses, obligations, hopes, and dreams. I will give generous sums to charity if You give generous sums to me.
G-d, give me security. People all around me are losing their jobs. If I lose mine I won’t know what to do. Arrange things in such a way that I will always have a place to work.
G-d, give me health. If I am not healthy I can’t take care of my family. I cannot pray or serve You in mitzvoth. Enable me to be at my best every day.
G-d, give me willpower. If I am focused and disciplined, I can do twice as much in a day. Give me the strength to overcome myself and get things done.
Hashem please help me add to my emuna. I know there is nothing to worry about in this world. I know that everything comes from You and that You have fed my family tens of thousands of times and that there is no need for concern. The confusion of everyday life leads me to forget this. Please forgive my shortcomings and grant me the resolve to know that You are here with us at every moment.
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Hashem please help me enhance the joy in my life. Whether or not I am working, whether or not things seem stable, I know that every tribulation You send my way is for the best. It is an opportunity to come closer to You and to strengthen the bonds of Emuna and Divine Service. A good day is a reason to be happy. A bad day is a reason to dance in the streets. Please grant me the vision to recognize Your blessing of joy.
Hashem please help me trust in You better. I know that any physical ailment comes from You and You alone. You have provided us with limitless remedies for every sickness on earth and that illness is a mere catalyst to strengthen my soul.
Hashem please help me focus on what’s right. For every sin clogs the vessels which transport Divine Energy from You to us, and every mitzvoth clears these passages and strengthens our spirit. As I work on the mitzvoth, please hasten the unclogging of these arteries so I can have the strength and added vigor to perform more of Your mitzvoth.
Hashem please help me relate to others with baseless love. I am not the only one in the world with problems. I am not the only man on earth who needs help. I am not the only frail human who wants an occasional vanity to gain a greater sense of self. The next time I see my neighbor acquire something extraordinary, please bless me with the sense to be truly happy for my brother and sincerely congratulate him on his good fortune.
Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu, Thank You for all You have given me. You gave me a roof under my head. You give my children enough to eat. You give my wife what to wear. You enable us grow to become anything we please. Thank You.
Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu, Thank You for my job. Thank You for endowing me with an ability to generate livelihood. Thank You for my business. Thank You for all my new ideas. Thank You for the multitude of ways which You have provided for my family to survive each and every day of our lives. For those days where I cannot generate parnussa, Thank You for providing us in Your own miraculous fashion.
Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu, Thank You for a healthy body. Thank You for eyes that see. Thank You for ears that hear. Thank You for breathing air into my lungs 20,000 times today. Thank You for pumping my heart 100,000 times yesterday. Thank You for allowing me to enjoy the love of my friends and family. Thank You for giving me the physical ability to bring spiritual light to the world and to become exceedingly wealthy in the Next World through performing Your mitzvoth.
Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu, Thank You for my spirit. Thank You for an unflinching determination to become a better person today than I was yesterday. Thank You for my desires. Thank You for my ambitions to serve You with greater focus, efficiency, and conviction. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to work on myself and strengthen my ability to serve You in the future.
Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu, Thank You for my friends. Thank You for my community. Thank You for surrounding me with people who set an example of proper behavior. Thank You for instilling in me a jealous streak, and a desire that I keep up with my peers by constantly striving to compliment their finest attributes with those of my own.
Beloved Father Thank You for these tests in life. Please may it be Your Will that in due time I will turn all of my give me’s into Thank You’s.
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Dovber Halevi is the author of the financial book, How to Survive the Coming Decade of Anxiety. He writes for Breslev Israeland The Middle East Magazine. He lives with his wife and two children in Eretz Yisrael.