A Prayer for an Uncommon Life


// Father, I’m needy. I realize again today how desperately I need you to help me order my steps. I need help. I need courage. I need the strength to open the door and live a life that is uncommon in the world around me.

Father, I’m weak. I see my failures and my weaknesses. I know that, if left to my own devices, I would live small and stay small. Help me, Father, to grow and develop and get bigger in my abilities and in my thinking. Help me to be uncommon in the way I see life and its bigness.        

Father, I fail sometimes. And then I beat myself up more than I need to. Help me to remember that you said that “No temptation has overtaken me except that which is common to man.” So help me to offer grace to myself today, to recognize that I’m more normal than I admit, and then pick myself up again. Help me to be uncommon in my bounce-back time.

Father, I need more love. I recognize that my storehouses run dry sometimes and I become more irritable than I need to be, more impatient than I need to be, more judgemental than I need to be. In a world that is rife with criticism and slander (whether on social media or in real life), help me to be uncommon in the atmosphere around me. Melt my frozen heart and help me to smell and sound like You. //

Father, I have dreams. I want more than just a small life. Small thinking, small believing, small living. That’s not for me. I want more than just status quo. I want more than just common.

You are an extraordinary God, and I receive Your anointing today for uncommon success in everything I see, touch, say and do…

  • for my marriage,
  • for my children,
  • for my business,
  • for our friendships,
  • for our church,
  • for our community,
  • for our nations, and
  • for our future.


Extraordinary God, I receive Your anointing today for uncommon success in everything I do! Click To Tweet


Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word was COMMON.

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12 replies
  1. Aliyah
    Aliyah says:

    Hey Shauna! I am your neighbor this week at FMF! Good to see you 🙂 And amen, we need these prayers in every situation and rejoice in His answer! Much blessings Aliyah (setapartwarrior.blogspot.co.za)

    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Aliyah. I’ve been enjoying watching your drama unfold on FB regarding the new book. So excited for you! Heading over to read your post now now. 🙂 Lekker dag!

  2. Kara
    Kara says:

    My dear Shauna, your heart heard mine! I agree with Sarah, I want to print these off. Thanks for “going there” with your writing, the world of writing is richer for your words. Love you lots, Kara (your friend and also visiting from fmfw #74 xx)

    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Thanks, Andrew! But you do yourself an injustice when you say you can’t write your heart out as well. It’s simply not true. The only difference is that I sound more like Mary Poppins and you sound like Arnold. 😉
      I’m so glad you came to visit.
      Praying for you, my friend! For comfort and strength and joy in the journey.

    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Yes, that’s the beautiful thing about the body of Christ. We don’t even have to live in the same neighbourhood, or meet each other in person for that matter, to find common unity (community) with each other. I appreciate you, Emma, and I would love to meet you in person one day! 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!


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