Prayer to be faith-full

We all want people to be faithful to us. Deep down, we all want to be faithful too. Still, sometimes we fail. This goes far beyond just letting someone down or doing something dishonest. There are lots of ways we can be unfaithful.

For example, just talking bad about someone is not being faithful. Even if someone does something wrong, you don’t have to tell the whole world about it. Some things are best left to be dealt with in  private. Even “harmless” teasing can hurt more than you think. Remember to protect the ones you love and don’t expose them.

Faithfulness can also apply to principles, not just people. In some cases, we have to stand up for what’s right and just.

So how do you avoid things that erode your faithfulness? It all returns to the example of the most faithful one of all. Jesus is the example and source of our faith and faithfulness. Seek him. Know him. And be faithful.

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Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

PRAYER TO BE FAITH-FULL

Oh heavenly Lord,

You felt it. They ignored you, looked away. They said they did not know you. They betrayed you with a kiss.

And for me, it cuts both ways.

I’ve felt it. People let me down, stab me in the back. And I even see myself walk by without even saying, “Hello”.

How many times have I denied you? Not caring for others, seeking my own gain, the know-it-all. I’m the thrice denying Peter and even Judas sometimes.

But still, I know…

Your grace pours down.

The heavens open up to me.

And your mercy sets me free.

You only give me love.

And despite the wounds and failures all around,

You are faithful always.

You did not protect your life. You gave it.

Help me, oh loving Christ, to forgive and to give. To have faith and remain faithful,

As my Lord is faithful to me.

Prayer for when life is hard

We all face difficult moments in life, but some have it really tough for a long time. In many circumstances, there’s no real way out. How can you deal with this?

It’s not easy, but the secret is an inner transformation. Yes, you can ask God to change situations, and it may even happen. Still, the Lord is more interested in your heart. He wants to transform you into the best version of yourself. God the Father wants all of his children to be more like his son Jesus.

Once you begin to truly understand the purpose and meaning behind this process, it’s miraculous. You see things from a heavenly perspective as God’s grace works in and through you. Trust and believe in this. Embrace your service and enter into the full blessings of the Lord.

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but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:4-10

PRAYER FOR WHEN LIFE IS HARD

Oh blessed Lord,

You know my situation. You know my life. It’s complicated and dense. There’s no way out. Why is this happening to me?

Oh loving Lord, help me. I need you so much right now.

Let me look upon the life and death of Jesus for understanding. He could have run away from the cross. Instead he served. He gave his life.

Let me know Christ, oh Lord. Help me understand that all the answers are in him. In knowing Jesus, I become more like him. I am transformed.

Service, suffering and pain transform into glory.

Only the Spirit can resurrect me.

Nobody sees how I struggle. Nobody but you, oh merciful Lord. Show me the freedom in giving it all up to you. Jesus loved his Father and all humankind. That’s why he suffered and bled.

He gave it all for them. For me.

May the Spirit of God reveal to me a deeper hope and joy in giving my life for others.

Lift up and hold this poor spirit, oh loving Lord.

Let me know that in your arms, I have all I need.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to rise up

Dragged down by the worries and troubles of life? Having faith doesn’t mean easy solutions. Instead, faith in God answers questions that burn deep in your heart. This goes beyond people and circumstances. It let’s you move forward even in the most difficult situations.

A relationship with Jesus is never superficial. You might struggle to accept certain things, and that’s understandable. Still, Jesus’ example speaks to us in a place that goes beyond the present moment… even beyond the pain. Or maybe it helps us understand the pain in a new way.

The fruit of this process – of trusting and depending more on God – is heavenly. It makes your character strong. It gives you clarity and direction. And the Spirit guides you to be a blessing and messenger of salvation. It’s God’s mercy living in and through you.

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This Prayer to rise up inspires you to lift your head even in the dark moments. The Spirit of the Lord will help you!

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and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.

John 10:28-30

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

John 20:19-20

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

Isaiah 40:31a

Simply awesome…

PRAYER TO RISE UP

Oh heavenly Lord,

Here I am. Once more before you. Only you know my true, intimate self. Time and again you show me.

Give me the confidence now, oh Lord, to open myself up to you. Help me to be humble.

At your feet, I place my worry, my fear… my pain.

Take it all, Jesus. Help me to surrender it to you. Let me give up my worry into your wounds.

Show me what it means in a deeper way. Let me know the mind of God as it applies to my heart and soul.

Unite me to you, oh Lord. Here I find healing. Here I am strong.

I rest in you. I depend on you. I trust you.

Christ shows me the depths of the Lord’s love for me. My place as a child of God is indestructible. Nobody can take me from your hand.

Cast out all despair, oh mighty God. Let your Spirit rush in. Give me clarity and courage.

For I am yours. I am loved by God.

With Jesus Christ I rise up,

And I fly fee.

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Button pusher prayer

Is there someone in your life that bothers you? Someone that makes you see red? We all have people in our lives that push our buttons and get us to overreact.

Still, even if their actions are inappropriate or very wrong, it’s important to check your heart.

Remember, as a child of God, things are different. You don’t have to let rage consume you. You don’t have to let another person influence and control your heart. Instead, your rest and peace depend on the only one that is perfect: Jesus.

Don’t let the enemy manipulate your emotions and reactions. Instead, focus on how God wants you to understand things – especially yourself. Remain in a healthy, centered place. Stay focused on God’s word. See his hand at work everywhere – even if it’s not how you like it.

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This prayer help you understand how to handle people that bother you. It all depends on the right perspective.

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Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:3-5

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:35-36

BUTTON PUSHER PRAYER

Oh blessed Lord,

Where do these people come from? Why do they cross my path? The ones that drive me crazy. They bring out the worst in me.

They way they act, think and talk makes my blood boil. Who do they think they are? Where’s the meaning here, oh Lord?

When I get mad, I might say, “I could just kill so-and-so.” What’s going on in my heart?

Could it be I see my shadow there? Or a light you send to tell me, “Here’s where you need healing and help.”

Give me understanding. Yes, they may be wrong, but who am I to condemn? Who do I think I am?

Put my heart in your hands, oh Lord. Show me again that heaven is a gift, not a right.

Help me not to become an even bigger monster than the ones that make me mad.

Yes, I can be firm. Yes, I can be confident. I might even get angry sometimes.

But not at the cost of anyone’s soul. Not theirs. Not mine.

Keep me. Bless me. And bless them too.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Grace pours in

The way you understand your mistakes can evolve over time. At first, you might feel like a failure. Over time, if you seek God’s presence, you can gain a deeper understanding.

You see, God isn’t a school teacher – he’s our loving Creator. He doesn’t just want us to learn how to behave well. Instead, his Spirit guides us along a more profound journey.

Jesus proved God’s love to you. Return to him when you do something wrong. Let him show you how to open your heart to receive the full mercy of God.

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…but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:19

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

GRACE POURS IN

Dear loving Lord,

I’ve been down this road before, but this time  it’s different.

I fall down into temptation. I make a mess.

Before I would get sad, since I wasn’t perfect.

Now – after smacking my head so many times – I know.

It’s the hurt. That’s the problem. The wounds I cause to others, to me… to you. Yes, I let myself down, but this matters less  to me now. I think more about nails and hands and feet.

I want to change. I want to be free.

Isn’t that what you want for me?

And the enemy blocks my way saying, “See? You can’t do it. You should give up already. You’re too weak.”

And I say, “Yes. You’re right. I’m weak. But my mighty God doesn’t care. Instead, he gives me a second chance.

That’s what a good Father does for his child.”

And the enemy flees,

As grace pours in.

Prayer to be bold in Christ

Sometimes we might think being bold means calling attention to ourselves. But being bold in the Lord means having courage thanks to your faith. An impenetrable faith – in a God that loves you – makes you bold.

What does this do for you?

Boldness helps you with everyday challenges, especially when you get tired. It helps you when you face intense struggles that come from your own failures or from outside attacks. Being bold helps you when you have to stand up for yourself or for others.

Perhaps the most important place where we should be bold is when we share the Gospel message. This doesn’t mean you are pushy or loud, but you speak with confidence.  Your words reveal the joy in being a child of God – and that your identity is indestructible. Your words are saturated with the love of Jesus Christ.

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fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in thy sight,
Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

PRAYER TO BE BOLD IN CHRIST

Oh heavenly Lord,

You are my hope and truth. So I come to you now as I need strength. The enemy lies and tries to bring me down saying, “All is lost. It’s not worth it. This is too much for you.”

Shut his mouth, oh Lord. Silence his lies.

Rise up, oh Lord, rise up! Strike down the enemy. Cast him out and restore me.

May your Spirit once again lift up this sinner and put me on my feet.

Firm. Steady. Solid. Standing on the foundation that is my Messiah, the Christ.

May I be responsible, energetic and quick. Let the courage of Christ fill me and prepare me.

By your grace alone I proclaim, “I am your child. I am not afraid!”

Strong. Complete. Bold in the Lord.

In the name of Christ Jesus,

Amen.

All for me

Do you focus only on the benefits of your faith? Or do you look deeper into its meaning? To get the true benefit, it’s important to contemplate the full meaning of the Christian faith.

The Gospel message is clear. God came as man to earth to live among us. Jesus was brutally crucified for our sins. He rose from the dead to defeat sin and death. He sits at God’s right hand. The Holy Spirit lives in us, and Jesus will come again in glory.

And yes, our belief gives us many practical advantages such as clarity, courage and direction. God soothes our hurt and comforts us, and he gives us great joy.

Still, if we don’t recognize our sins, the message won’t sprout deep roots. Then Jesus just becomes another self-help tactic instead of being our life-changing, soul-saving Redeemer.

So go back to the crucifixion and think about what it all means to you. Let your soul be touched again by the mercy and love of God.

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So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:28

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

ALL FOR ME

Do I forget? How much do I truly understand? What you went through, what you felt.

For me.

I want the feel good Jesus. The one that forgives, frees, heals and loves me. But I forget the suffering Christ.

All my shame. The worst of me. I know how far I squandered your blessings.

But he stood up for me and said, “I did it. Treat me Father as if I did those things wrong.”

The hammer strikes. Nails drive deep into innocent flesh. There is blood, pain and death.

For me.

Still, the true cross is the hurt you felt as your Father surrendered you to be my sin.

You got what I deserved.

How can I possibly accept such a gift? How can I begin to comprehend such love?

Let it burn me, oh Lord. Let it break my heart.

Then I may truly begin to know what it means to be forgiven, free, healthy and loved.

Beyond doubt

Have you ever doubted  your faith? It happens to almost everyone at some time. This doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. It’s better to be sincere about it instead of faking it.

While more prayer is essential to get past moments of doubt, it also helps to use your head. Remember, the Bible is more than just a religious text. It has many historically accurate narratives backed up by other non-Christian sources of evidence. Also, there are centuries of saints, martyrs and modern-day Christians who can inspire us with their testimonies of faith.

Our belief in Jesus Christ gives us eternal answers about our origin, meaning, morality and destiny.  In the end, it all rests upon the Gospel message. If God exists, and he sent his Son to give his life for you… what does this mean to you? What impact does this have on your life? On your soul?

Go back to God and his Word. Let him reveal the answers to your heart.

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“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 14:1-3

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;

John 6:68

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

BEYOND DOUBT

Oh blessed Lord,

Despite my sin and shame, you set me free.
I never knew true mercy until I knew you.
At first, it was all fresh, new. Perfect.

Now, as the years pass I see hurt and pain. I see
confusion, even betrayal in your church.
My mind wanders. My heart begins to doubt.

Is it worth it, this thing called faith?

The world mocks and ridicules and gives me a million reasons to not believe.

Is Christ still real to me?

So I toss and turn and struggle. I wrestle with God.

And then I remember…
That deep dark pit. When I was all alone. Only you came. Nobody else could. I was unreachable.

And I remember…
All the transformations, the miracles you showed me. I pull them from the warehouse of my soul. Countless testimonies. Lives restored.
Souls saved.

And I remember….
Where I came from. Where I’m going.
And who I am.

I go to the house of my Father… to my King…

No greater love.
Fresh. New. Perfect.

Prayer to be free of too much structure

You might be a creature of habit, but are you free? Or has your vision of the world become hard and inflexible? We depend on structures for context, but every human-made design has limitations.

Be careful when you catch yourself thinking or saying:

  • That’s how it’s always been done.
  • That’s just how I am.

While traditions have value, if they crush creativity or caring, there’s something wrong. Also, don’t misinterpret the phrase, “God understands me.” If you use this as an excuse to hurt yourself or others, God certainly wants you to change.

We shouldn’t throw all structures out the window, but remember why they exist – to serve us, not the other way around.

If you find yourself in a spiritual rut, you might try participating in a retreat, Bible study, or some kind of volunteer/church service. Also, intensify your prayer efforts. Ask God to help you open up your conversation with him. It’s important to spend time examining your attitudes, especially towards those closest to you.

Don’t let your faith get stale. Keep it alive and be renewed. Make this  a priority in your life and see how the heavens open up to you.

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Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.

Hosea 6:6

Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly. 

Mark 8:25

PRAYER TO BE FREE FROM TOO MUCH STRUCTURE (regular text)

Oh blessed Lord,

I know you desire order and responsibility from me. Chaos is not your plan.

Still, oh Lord, keep me close. Free me from dead structures where I count on old ways or rituals instead of resting in you. Free me from anything that imprisons me… or others.

Awaken in me new ways, an authentic faith in Christ.

Help me to understand you desire a change of heart, not sacrifice.

Your Kingdom is not of this world. Let me see past doubts and fears.

You elevate the humble, the outcast. You wash clean the forgotten. May your Spirit fill me and open my eyes again to the Good News.

Jesus nailed to the cross for me then raised up in glory. Christ alone is sufficient, and in him I find meaning.

Let me be free, joyful and quick to love, serve and give. Renew me in the freedom of knowing Jesus as Lord.

In his holiest of names,

Amen.