My friend Mike prays as follows to begin his time with his Bible each morning. (An original.)
Grant by your mercy, heavenly Father, to focus my mind and soften my heart that these thy words may be written therein, to inform and guide me that I, better the man that you created me to be, might walk henceforth in your ways reflecting the light of your love to the greater glory of your name. Amen.
(Also read his books FATHERS (autobiographical) and What If….)