This was my prayer yesterday:
God, may the ditches of every lack and inadequacy in my life be filled in so that I stop falling into them.
Please scrape off the prickly bumps of jealousy and frustration and meanness that I wear and smooth them over with grace. I don't want those pointy things sticking out of my life anymore and hurting others.
Can you straighten out the detours that I have taken, and help me to start choosing wisely, no longer avoiding the direct paths of submission and love and obedience.
Father, I have ruts in my life, big ones, caverns caused by rejection that I cannot let go. Please pave over them and make my life a road where everyone can see the parade of God's salvation.
It seems that the only way I can prepare for your presence in my life is by your present and active assistance. Welcome.
(adapted from Luke 3:4-6 in The Message)