The Knots Prayer

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The Knots Prayer

Dear God,
please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots, and
might nots that find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all, dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind
my heart and my life all of the am nots
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I am not good enough.


- by Iyanla Vanzant



  1. Ahhh, such is grace. We are given what we are in need of.

    This is what I needed to read this morning, it will be my prayer today.

    Thank you God, thank you CP.


  2. Not bad ... not bad at all!

    In fact I like it. Thanx.

    God bless.

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  4. Coulda, woulda, shoulda, ...all things that hold me back...and especially the last line written. Thanks you for this wonderful reminder.

  5. Much wisdom in a few words. Thank you for posting this prayer!

  6. I love this prayer; thanks so much for posting. I also really like the Cry of the Poor. Is there a way to add a share button for that? I like to your blog from mine and shared the link to your blog on Facebook as well, but would love to share this song more quickly.

    Thank you for all you do. I will be back daily for more inspiration.

  7. I think you'd need to go to grooveshark.com and set up a (free) account and then search for "Cry of the Poor" and then you'll have the HTML for posting on your blog.

    Hope that helps!

  8. Thanks so much for the information! I now have the widget!

  9. The author is not anonymous -- it's by Iyanla Vanzant from her book Everyday I Pray (2001).

  10. Thank you for the reference, Aharonium!

  11. Isn't Iyanla Vanzant a Yoruba priestess? http://www.ifafoundation.org/iyanla-vanzant


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