Prayer for when you made a mistake

We all make mistakes. Still, knowing this doesn’t make it feel much better, does it?

Maybe you messed up at work, or perhaps you’re struggling in a relationship. Sometimes your mistake was clearly a bad decision. In other cases, things may have been beyond your control.

In every mistake there is a blessing waiting to be born. If you go to God with a sincere and humble heart, something amazing happens.

First, he forgives you completely without question. Christ is eternal proof of God’s mercy. Then, the Lord transforms your mistake into a valuable lesson. You learn to understand and improve the things you don’t like about yourself. God purifies your character. And that’s awesome and powerful.

It’s a wonderous process of freedom and healing. It makes you a better friend, husband, wife, sibling, parent, or worker. It lets you be more authentic and secure. God’s purifying grace lets you love yourself and others more.

So hurry to God when you mess up. Don’t be afraid. Go through the process and trust in the Lord. You won’t be perfect, but you don’t give up either. It’s all part of the wonderful walk with our Savior Jesus Christ.

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No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Hebrews 12:11-13

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Prayer for when you made a mistake

O merciful Lord,

I made a mess of things. I feel terrible, so foolish. Why does this keep happening to me?

Show me, O Lord, if there is sin in my heart. Give me courage to face my defects and my pride. Forgive me of my sins.

Reveal to me when I have been misguided by others and by life. Heal my deepest wounds.

I do not seek perfection. Instead, I ask for your merciful grace. You are kind and patient with me. Help me to be patient with myself.

Comfort this weary child. Lift me up again, O Lord. May your loving grace nourish & restore my soul.

In Christ I will keep trying. By his blood, I am forever free

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for a tight deadline

Are you in a crunch for time? Maybe it’s a work deadline or personal crisis. You might not have much time to pray right now, but invoke the name of Jesus and walk with him.

You can do it! Trust and believe!

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I remain confident of this:

    I will see the goodness of the Lord

    in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

    be strong and take heart

    and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14

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Prayer for a tight deadline

O merciful Lord,

I am under pressure. I’m scared and worried. Please help me, O Lord.

There is little time left. Still, I know I can trust in you. Give me clarity & direction to make the right choices.

Even in the worst storm You give me your peace and bring me calm. Calm the howling wind, O Lord.

I cling to you tenaciously!

Open the door and show me the way.

No matter what happens, I am safe with you.

I will do my best & try hard. I will take courage, and I will wait on the Lord.

He is my Rock and my faith.

Christ my Savior, my King.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

No pressure

Are you feeling confined or trapped? Are you under a lot of pressure? Some situations may be impossible to avoid. You know what you have to do, but still, the pressure can get to you.

Don’t forget to stop every once in a while to take time out for yourself. Go for a walk, ride a bike, and clear your head. Make time to pray. When you go to God’s presence, things take on a new perspective.

Life certainly is not easy, but if you let the Lord untie the knots in your soul, everything changes.

Be blessed!

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He reached down from on high and took hold of me;

    he drew me out of deep waters.

He rescued me from my powerful enemy,

    from my foes, who were too strong for me.

They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

    but the Lord was my support.

He brought me out into a spacious place;

    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalm 18:16-19

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NO PRESSURE

Sometimes you feel stuck or trapped. Everyday life ties you up in knots. Maybe it’s real or all in your mind. Still, all you want is to be free.

But you have tasks & responsibilities. You can’t just run away. That’s not you. So you show up. You stay put. And it’s okay, but still, sometimes, it’s hard. It hurts inside.

Who will show you the way? Who can lead you out of the wilderness into a wide-open space?

It is He who spreads out the great blue sky above you. It is He who opens up the heavens and whispers to your heart.

It is He who tells you, the struggle is worth it. You are loved beyond measure.

Be strong. Be brave.

And by the grace of God, you know you can do it. You can be steady. Solid and sure.

Knots untied, you return. You bless each task. You make them holy.

You walk free in a spacious place. Nothing can tear you down. Nothing can steal your joy.

Sweet tender mercy

Just a reminder for all of us…

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And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.

Revelation 21:5

Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Matthew 9:13

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Sweet tender mercy

Please, dear child of God, never forget

the sweet tender mercy of the Lord.

You may have found yourself down and out. Sad or hopeless. You let yourself and others down. Hurt comes raging in from all sides.

And a deep yearning leaves you empty.

So you think, Am I worth anything at all?

Please, dear child of God, remember…

You are loved by the Lord.

You matter dearly to him.

You are a creation of God Almighty, made in his image. This truth gives your life great worth. The work of the hand of God is always good.

No one can love like you love.

No one can give like you give.

And God loves you like no other. His love for you is personal and eternal. God’s love will never be held back from you.

And know this, dear sweet child of God,

when you were hurting, Jesus never left your side. He took the hurt with you, even when you hurt yourself.

He cries with you and feels the same hurt you feel. He holds nothing back to be with you. His way is the way of the cross. Arms wide open he loves you.

And by his blood, you are forgiven. You are made innocent and new in the eyes of God the Father.

Please, dear child of God, never forget

the sweet tender mercy of the Lord.

Prayer for encouragement

Are you feeling down and out? Does it seem like the entire world is against you? Or maybe you’re spinning around in circles (or making the same mistakes) and just can’t move forward. Well guess what? The game is not over. There’s still lots of road ahead of you.

One of the keys to moving ahead is to remember what you already have. Count your blessings and the gifts God has given you. Go back to the times when he came through for you. Remember when you found strength and courage you didn’t realize you had.

Even if your life is tough, the Lord has brought you forward to this place, here, now. You are alive. You matter. You are loved. 

In Jesus Christ, you have everything no matter how complicated things get. Do not underestimate the power of your faith to change things.

So gear up and get ready. Go to God and be filled with his Spirit. Go forth and live your life to the fullest… in his grace and according to his wondrous will. Be encouraged by the Lord! 

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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

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Prayer for encouragement

O merciful Lord,

You have shown me time and time again. In my day-to-day struggles, despite my insecurities, You are with me always.

How many times have I fallen and you lifted me up?

How many times did I get through tough times with your hand protecting me?

So often I might have fallen, but your love kept me safe. And so now, I return to the storehouse of my faith.

I recount and recall  your victories in my life.

And I remember:

I am a sinner saved. The Spirit of God lives in me. He makes me nimble & strong.

I will move forward. I will take good courage. I lift my head up high. as God goes with me, and Christ is my King.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer to keep love strong

When we live with difficulty, it’s harder than ever to love, isn’t it? Instead, you might get frustrated or depressed. You might withdraw or try to escape. 

You might be dealing with your own internal issues, like anxiety or sadness. Maybe your family, work, or other relationships are complicated, or even hostile. Perhaps you’re worried about someone close to you who has health problems, or maybe you’ve lost a loved one.

What would happen though if you kept loving even despite the struggle? What might happen then? Maybe a miracle.

Jesus showed us how. He carried his cross for love. He died for us, for love. And by the power of God’s love, he rose on the third day.

Don’t wait until you feel something. Strong love goes beyond emotions. It’s about being decisive and faithful. It’s hanging in there, even when you want to run away. And the Lord sustains you with his mighty hand.

Carry your cross and let love flow abundantly. Give up the things that hold you back from loving more. Rise with Jesus Christ in the Resurrection. Live the miracle of a stronger love. 

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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  

John 15:9-13

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Prayer to keep love strong

O blessed Lord,

I struggle at times. I get pushed to my limit. It’s so unfair sometimes.

In your mercy & grace you did not deny the harsh reality of our world. Instead, you walked it with us. You took up

your cross. You chose to love more.

O Spirit of God, let me make that choice too. Let me decide and take solid, sure steps.

Let me let go. Nail my negativity to the cross. Let me rise with Jesus. May I be bold in love. Let my love be firmly rooted in the Spirit of Christ, O merciful Lord.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Prayer for those who wait

It’s so hard to wait sometimes, isn’t it? Even the most patient person can be challenged by having to wait for important things. For example, a health issue might be worrying you. Or maybe you are waiting for someone to change. Financial problems can also make us lose our patience. 

A lot of people say we’ve lost the ability to wait in today’s world of instant gratification. That might be partially true, but some have been waiting for a long time for a blessing to arrive.

On our Ask For Prayer board, we receive many requests from people waiting, especially for a change in someone. They face extremely difficult situations of emotional distance, illness or addiction. Many have been waiting for years.

These are powerful testimonies of patience. It doesn’t mean that they have it all figured out. It doesn’t mean that they don’t feel anguish and hurt. They may even doubt God sometimes. But somehow, in the middle of the struggle, they continue to include God in the process. And that’s how miracles operate… through our faith.

Remember the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15? Her daughter was tormented and suffered terribly. The mother cried out to Jesus for mercy, and the disciples tried to shoo her away. She followed them and continued crying out behind them. Even Jesus hesitated, testing her a bit. 

The woman came and knelt before him saying, “Lord, help me!” And she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

The passage doesn’t say how long the woman waited, but it may have been for a long time, years even. This is the miracle of patience. It means being faithful to a person (maybe even to yourself).

When we are faithful to someone, we are faithful to God. It’s one of the most powerful expressions of love. And by faith, miracles happen. How or when is beyond our control, but upon our faith, nourished by love, the Lord will deliver.

Prayer for those who wait

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I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

Psalm 40:1-3

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Prayer for those who wait

O merciful Lord,

My heart & soul suffer, the pain rubbed raw. I’ve waited so long, O Lord.

How much longer?

I am poor and needy. I’m not ashamed to say it. The hurt drives deep. I just want to run away.

Still, a place in my heart remains where love burns fiercely. Against all odds, I stay faithful. I hide myself there. In the wounds of Christ, I wait.

Prepare me, O Lord, for the day when I will sing. I will sing the mercies of God. A new song of joy & victory, as I have waited on the Lord.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for a difficult situation

Nobody wants to suffer. Nobody likes to feel hurt and pain. One thing that happens sometimes when things get difficult is that people move away from God. They might even get mad at him. So they stop praying. They put down their Bible. They might not go to church anymore. And eventually their heart grows cold. 

One of the problems we might face is that we want fast, easy solutions. But life and faith don’t work that way. We are complex creatures. Life is messy sometimes. But it’s also beautiful and worth living, even if we struggle.

Jesus shows us a more excellent way. He shows us how love, faith, and forgiveness can lead to miraculous changes. It may take time, and it may not go as we planned, but God’s plan always shines through somehow.

So double down on your faith when things get tough. Don’t set any rigid expectations. Instead, take the time to seek God. He will reveal his truths to you in due time. Have confidence that God’s Spirit is constantly at work. Let him surprise you with what you will learn about him and about yourself. Let God’s love speak to you.

Prayer for a difficult situation

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Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!

Isaiah 49:15

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Prayer for a difficult situation

O merciful Lord,

I’m facing difficulty. It’s so hard for me. I feel lost and confused. I just want to run away.

Help me, O Lord, I need you. Don’t let me grow cold. Instead, let me grow closer to you than ever.

Remove the obstacles and change the hearts. Let me love as long as it takes.

Your Word has told me, and I believe. Christ did not reject me. Instead, he bled for me. He took away my shame.

Tell my heart again, O Lord, I am your beloved child. Christ, my Rock, my Savior, may his Spirit prepare me come what may.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for God’s goodness

There are some moments in life where it seems like there’s no way out. Your life feels like a disaster. It could be many things at once or maybe one major crisis. And in many cases, the hurt, pain, and loss are all too real.

One of the greatest messages we receive through the Gospels is hope. Even in the most difficult times, we can strive for hope. Even after the most painful loss, we can eventually gain peace again. 

It doesn’t mean you forget, or that your life is perfect, but you continue. You can even thrive as time passes.

Still, the hard times never pass by easily. You will be tried and tested. But if you hang on tight to Jesus and his promises, the glory of God will eventually shine though. 

Trust in the Spirit. Don’t give up. Hang in there. You are worth it, and you are worth it to God. 

Are you facing something very difficult right now? Does it seem like everything is going wrong? You might even be suffering due to your own faults. Maybe you are having a hard time managing a tough situation.

When you have reached your limit, there is one thing you can always appeal to: the goodness of God.

When you just don’t seem to get it right, even though you try your hardest, appeal to the goodness of God. This takes a tremendous weight off your shoulders. You can never go wrong with this request. 

You can only do so much, even in your most personal struggles. The final word is God’s Word. Lean on him and into him for help. Open up to his Spirit and let him work. 

Remember, when Jesus was crucified, it was not the end of the story. God had much more to do and say. Meditate on this truth. Today is not the last chapter of your life. Even sin and death were defeated by the power of God. 

The resurrection of Christ is real. It is eternal. Even in the darkest moments, we can find hope in this. It’s never too late to see the goodness of God shine through.

Prayer for the goodness of God

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Prayer for the goodness of God

O merciful Lord,

Send your grace. Pour out your Spirit. By your mercy and according to your holy will.

Not by my works or any merit of mine,

I come to you humbly with my request.

I appeal to your goodness alone.

May it glorify Christ in heaven and bring blessings here on earth.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

If you need a prayer… we are here for you!

If anyone out there is facing a tough situation, illness, loss, or other life challenge… we want to pray for you.

Just go to the Ask for Prayer section of this website. You don’t need to leave your name or email, unless you want to.

It does help if you at least give us your first name or initials. This helps us pray for you more directly.

And for those looking for some guidance, check out this Prayer for Clarity in the Chaos.

Be blessed by God!

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