Prayer for a family in crisis

Does it feel like your home is a war zone? Or maybe there’s a deep silence. Many families around the world face problems that seem impossible to overcome. If there is any place the enemy prefers to attack, it’s the family.

Situations don’t always turn out the way you like. Accept this and seek how you can change to make things better. If you’re full of the Spirit, you’ll transmit the goodness of God to all those around you. Your suffering has a purpose. It may be mysterious and invisible to the world — but when your heart rests firmly in Jesus, he reveals his glory to you.

No matter how dark things seem, try to keep a long term perspective. Don’t predict doom and failure. Instead, lift your eyes up to heaven and regain hope. Believe in the prophecy of Christ resurrected.

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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

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

Revelation 21:3-5a

Prayer to love God first

Why do we put such a huge burden on people? We expect them to give us the peace our hearts desire. Isn’t God the only one that can do this? Still, we place others on a pedestal — and when they fail — we break down or get angry. Is it fair to put this kind of pressure on anyone’s shoulders? You might even do this to yourself — expecting the perfection that only Jesus delivers to your soul.

This doesn’t mean that we can’t trust or depend on others. It doesn’t mean we won’t get hurt. That’s all part of being human. But when the deepest inner core of your being rests in Christ alone, you receive a peace that goes far beyond people and circumstances. It all begins with loving God above all things.

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Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:29-31

“If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26-27

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May God be with you always!

Prayer for true humility

How often do we use the excuse of being humble to escape God’s call? Instead of asking, “Who me?” maybe you should ask, “Why not me?” Many times the enemy tricks us into thinking we’re being humble when we really just want to avoid conflict. While we shouldn’t pick fights for nothing, sometimes the Spirit picks fights for us that require determination.

The key to this process means seeking and understanding God’s will. Seek his presence and let his Word show you the right thing to do. Get strength and confidence from the Spirit, and ask for his blessing. Then go forth and do what you have to do. When you trust in the Lord, everything will be a blessing to you and will glorify Christ Jesus.

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew 5:3-12

 

Prayer for the desire to pray

Are you praying less than you used to? Or maybe you never even started. Remember, prayer is the key to organizing your thoughts — which is the key to bringing order to your life. And it’s not just any order – it’s the heavenly Kingdom of God.

Still, it’s hard to find time to pray. You have to fight for these moments. The enemy will do everything in his power to stop you. But when you get on your knees in prayer you are fed by the Creator. You grow in grace. And you see with the eyes of Christ. Could anything be more worthwhile?

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One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
Luke 6:12

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:12

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41 

Prayer to stand firm

It never fails. On top of daily obligations, other problems seem to sprout up like weeds. Or maybe you’ve been called to serve and the challenges are much bigger than you expected.

Resist the negative emotions of resentment or being upset that things aren’t how you wish they would be. Instead, seek strength and perseverance in the Lord. God doesn’t wave a magic wand to make life easier. Instead, he reveals to you the meaning and value of your struggle. He reveals Christ carrying his cross which leads to a greater glory.

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:6-11

Prayer for a strong heart

When you face trouble and see the aggression of the world, the natural reaction is to block everything out. While it’s important to protect your heart, a hardened heart never does anyone any good.

A relationship with Christ gives you the chance to experience a supernatural reaction to all the pain and suffering. When your heart grows, it can love and endure more. God’s Spirit enables you to be emotionally durable and resilient. Even though situations may change, this doesn’t mean you have to love less.

Ask God for a heart that stands ready to face the challenges of our life and times. Ask him for a heart that responds to our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

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I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26

Prayer to renew my spirit

Are you feeling tired and empty? Is it really worth all the pain, suffering and sacrifice?

Stop for a moment and remember what you are fighting for. Ask yourself, “Does my struggle have value?” Things usually don’t turn out exactly how you like, but your effort counts. Your contribution is part of God’s larger plan to build his Kingdom. You may not see the fruits right away, but the Lord is faithful and will deliver.

Return to the mercy of God. Double down on his promises. You won’t be disappointed. Your walk with Jesus requires a deeper trust. This is how God forms your spiritual growth and character. Remember what the Lord has done for you, and trust in his promises for the future.

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Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 

 

Prayer to praise the Lord

Are you facing tough times? Does the chaos and danger of the world worry you? Who can you turn to for strength and comfort? There is only One.

When God’s people face overwhelming odds they turn to something powerful: Praise. When you praise God, you recognize his greatness and rightful place in your life as Creator, Lord and Savior. Praise also unites you to something much more profound. You join with a chorus of angels and saints and the entire Body of Christ. This is the force that transforms and saves the world. Praise the Lord!

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Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

Revelation 5:11-13

Prayer to see God’s glory

He called out to Moses through a burning bush that was not consumed. He parted the waters and made manna fall from heaven. His people were guided in the desert by pillars of fire and cloud. Giants and armies were defeated against all odds. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

These were some of the visible works of God. His glory is forever and always manifested for us to see. In fact, in every day and every moment, creation speaks of him. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to see his glory at work. Remember, the greatest glory is Christ resurrected for the salvation of souls.

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Prayer to see God's glory

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Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Matthew 8:10