Prayer to to open up more to God

For many Christians, today marks the start of Lent. It’s a time to reflect on our earthly limitations and the great gift of Jesus Christ in our lives. Many devote this time to seeking reconciliation and ways to improve their lives according to God’s word.

Some might make an effort to give up bad habits, attitudes or even addictions. If you feel called to this, face it with courage and humility. Ask for God’s help every day.

Others might choose to add something to their lives, such as offering words of kindness and encouragement to others. Some may even begin to dedicate time to serving those in need.

Whatever your choice, set your mind and heart to open up more to God. Let him in, and let his Spirit work in you.

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Prayer to open up more to God

Audio message and prayer from Vincent:

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Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 51:10-12,17


O merciful Lord,

Today I stop for a moment, away from the noise & worry, just to be with you.

I want to open up and let down my guard, to let you see me as I am.

My wounds, my shame, my fragile soul, I want to give it all up to you.

Let me not be afraid, O Lord. Help me to trust you, for the truly humble find rest in your mercy.

May I begin to understand and accept my failures, and no matter what, I know you love me as I am.

Help me to hold nothing back. I give up myself up to you. Cleanse me, heal me. In your grace, I am set free.

Set me free in Christ. Set me free to love more.

In Jesus name I pray,


Prayer for an important conversation

Do you have to talk to someone soon about something important? If so, make sure you go into the conversation prepared.

Talk to God about the situation first. Let him show you where you might be mistaken in your thoughts or attitude. Also, let his Spirit strengthen you in places where you need to stand firm.

Even when you have to place a limit or stand up for yourself, it should be in a spirit of service and love. Seek the Lord to show you how this can be done. Ask him to reveal his ways to you.

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“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:21-24

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.

John 1:14

And the Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your desire with good things,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters fail not.

Isaiah 58:11


O merciful Lord,

I know I have to face it. I know we must talk, but first, O Lord, prepare me.

Set me free, heal me. Bring me to the place where I am at peace with myself and with my God.

Cast out, O Lord, any anger, fear or resentment. Free me of any temptation to control or manipulate.

Fill me with the desire to only seek your holy will.

Make my convictions firm, O Lord, without self-interest, without needing to prove a point.

Instead, may my words be saturated with the grace of Almighty God.

Help me to genuinely listen and to humbly serve, as my Lord Jesus served.

Send us your Holy Spirit, O Lord. Prepare our hearts and  minds.

I place all my trust in you.

In Jesus name I pray,


Prayer in times of doubt

Wouldn’t it be great to be 100% sure of all your decisions? Well, maybe not. You see, our doubts, fears and needs lead us to seek God. So when you doubt, it can be a good thing since it means you need God to help you to be sure.

When you are doubting, return to the things you can be sure about then move forward from there. A stable spiritual life makes decision making and discernment easier. The hard decisions will always be hard. But when you know, without a doubt, that God loves you, then your perspective changes. Big scary problems shrink, and the clouds of uncertainty begin to float away.

Don’t get obsessed with getting a concrete answer from God. Instead, focus on asking to understand his will and how he wants you to grow as a person.

Pray for God’s answers. Seek his will. Search in his Word for guidance. But remember, beyond your current situation, he has already given you the most important answer of all. Jesus.

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Prayer in times of doubt

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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

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 32:8


O blessed Lord,

Sometimes I’m not sure If the decisions I make are right. I doubt and worry.

Show me, O Lord, the way. Let me understand that it’s okay to be unsure, that it’s normal and human.

Reveal to me again where I can be certain. Show me the place where my doubts disappear.

In the Resurrection may I find truth and security. In knowing God exists and knowing he loves me.

Make my trust in you unshakable.

Even though it may be hard, and my decisions might be wrong, let my heart and soul know you will never leave me.

May I seek you in prayer to receive the answers you want me to hear.

May I find peace in the answers Christ gives me in his wounds.

In Jesus name I pray,


Prayer to be perseverant

Feeling low on energy and hope? Are you in a struggle or hoping for something hugely important? Nobody can control the world, but if you see things from a spiritual perspective, it enables you to stay solid in the tough times.

God hears your prayer and sees your struggle. He might also be taking advantage of the situation to form your character (patience, dedication, loyalty, faithfulness, etc.). Trust and be aware of this process. Stay faithful to the fight and to God. Plus, let him do the heavy lifting. Appeal to his goodness and mercy when you pray to him.

Above all, trust in God and his promises. Accept his will, and you will discover wonderful mysteries along the way. No, it won’t be easy, and it might not turn out the way you expect. But if you give it up to God, it will be heavenly.

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Prayer to be perseverant

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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

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5


O merciful Lord,

My struggle seems to go on forever without end. Sometimes I feel like giving up.

What can I do, O Lord?

I invoke your Spirit once again to pour out God’s grace over me.

Restore my inner strength, make my position solid. Strengthen my character.

Help me to trust more in you my Lord, my God.

Let not a single moment go to waste, O Lord. May it be a constant, ongoing conquest of my heart.

May I give up more to you. as you give me all I need.

The battle is yours, O Lord, your victory guaranteed.

I dig in and find sure footing. I plant my feet firmly on Christ.

In Jesus, I am complete. My mind and heart at rest. My soul secure.

I pray for this in Jesus name,


Prayer for renewal

Getting tired of the same old routine? Feeling like nothing inspires you anymore? Believe it or not, this feeling might be a good thing. Why? It might be God’s way of telling you it’s time for a change.

Maybe you need to begin a new activity. Why not join a group, take up a new service or volunteer work, or finish that project you’ve had on your mind? Make the time and take the plunge. You can do it if you try!

Remember though, God’s project is you. It’s your relationship with Jesus. So as you move forward in the new, let the Lord breathe fresh life into your spiritual walk. Build all things upon your walk with the Lord, and let his grace shine in your life.

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Prayer for renewal

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He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.

Luke 5:36-38

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


O merciful Lord,

I’ve been feeling a bit empty and far from you. I’m weary from the struggle.

Renew me, O Lord, help me.

May I be the new wine in new wineskins.

May I be the fresh page upon which you write.

I seek a more spacious place in my walk with you.

Break down the old in me, the hardness, and build up the new in you.

Bring me to a deeper place of rest, where your power and Spirit make room so I can breathe.

Show me how it happens when I surrender myself to you.

May I rejoice with a strong heart. Give me a clear voice to speak God’s love to all.

I’m not there yet, O Lord, but I want to go.

Take me there with you. Renew me. Set me free.

In Jesus name,


Prayer for when you’re not happy

Unhappiness is all too common these days. There are a lot of people suffering from depression all around the world. If a sense of sadness or lack of motivation persists in your life, it’s important that you seek help. You do not have to live with constant unhappiness.

One of the things that helps avoid sadness is to get moving. Exercise, activity, and engaging with the world helps a lot — especially when your activity lets you connect with people (I talk more about this in the audio below the prayer).

Still, your faith in God is the most powerful remedy against sadness. Remember his great love for you. Remember all Jesus did and does for you.  You are loved so much by our Creator. Go to his presence and be filled with his love which drives out all sadness.

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Prayer for when you're not happy

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If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 

John 15:10-12

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7


O loving Lord,

I’m not feeling well. I’m unhappy. Why do I feel this way? Can you help me? Will you?

Remind me again, O Lord, of the great love of Christ. How he gave everything for me, taking all my shame upon him.

He gave up his innocence for me. Jesus bled for me. He died for me. The love of God has no limit.

May the merciful love of Christ touch my soul once again. May your Spirit enter my sad heart. Restore me. Stay.

And may my heart respond to your love, O blessed Lord, by loving someone else. As loving another is the best way to love you.

I can’t do it alone, O Lord.

I need you desperately. I depend upon you. I trust you.

Awaken in me your love. Bring me your everlasting joy.

In the name of Christ Jesus,


Prayer for when you’re not sure

Are doubt and confusion bothering you? How can you find a clear path? How can you get the answers you need?

Sometimes God gives us a clear answer, but we don’t want to hear it, or we are afraid. In other moments, he might not give a specific answer, but time spent in his presence enables us to make wise decisions.

In every case, when you seek God’s counsel, it helps. A stronger relationship with the Lord improves every area of your life, especially in moments of doubt.

You might have to live with uncertainty in some things, but in the love of Jesus, you are 100% secure. So seek his Word. Listen. Obey and be blessed.

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Prayer for when you're not sure

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Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

John 6:29

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

Matthew 6:33


O blessed Lord,

Clouds and doubt fill my mind. I seek answers and truth. So here I am. I seek you.

I appeal to your goodness and loving mercy, O Lord. Guide me, show me the way.

Set my house in order first. Show me if I must change, forgive or ask for forgiveness.

Prepare my heart to receive your Word revealed to me. Help me to accept and trust in your answer. Let not my fears get in the way.

May my guide be Christ, my Master, my Lord. He trusted unconditionally, his obedience complete, and the love of God poured out to save the world.

May your Holy Spirit, who resurrected Jesus, give me confidence and clarity.

As I am your child. I am never alone.

In Jesus name I pray,


Prayer for when you feel stuck

Stuck in a rut? Or maybe you’re in a situation where it seems like there’s no way out. No matter what happens to you, with God, there are always options. When you tap into your faith your perspective changes.

When you deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ, you discover a wide, new and spacious place. It doesn’t depend on people or circumstances. Instead, you find rest in the Spirit of God.

Transform your moment of frustration into an opportunity to get closer to the Lord. Cry out to him. Seek his presence. Then trust that he will deliver you to a new place in his grace.

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Prayer for when you feel stuck

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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

And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain upon tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
For still the vision awaits its time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seem slow, wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay.
Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.

Habakkuk 2:2-4


O heavenly Lord,

I’m spinning my wheels. I’m stuck in my tracks. I’m not where I want to be.

Help me, O Lord!

Show me first that in Christ I am always free. My soul is safe.

Let my strength and confidence come from you, O Lord. And if I must wait give me patience and grace. Prepare me for what is to come.

And then…

Break wide open the chains binding me, holding me back.

Strike down the enemy trying to tie me up with his lies.

Free my mind, O Lord, show me a new direction. Reveal to me again the right path in Christ Jesus.

Make me nimble and quick, decisive and sure. May your Spirit prepare the

way to new pastures and deeper joy.

In Jesus name I pray,


Prayer to quiet the mind

Is your head full of noise? You have too many worries, or maybe you just find it hard to focus. Perhaps you’re trying to figure something out. Be careful though not to try to figure out everything at once.

When you learn to live with uncertainty, you learn to trust God. Nobody can know it all or have it all under control. Don’t let the enemy trick you into an endless cycle of worry and thought. Let the Lord take you by the hand and set you free.

It all begins with trust in the Lord. So stay faithful to your prayer time. Read your Bible. Go to church. Take care of the simple, essential things in your life. And for all the things beyond your control, know that God has you in his hand. In Christ, your soul is safe and your spirit flies free.

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Prayer to quiet the mind

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But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

Matthew 6:33-34

Who rises up for me against the wicked?
    Who stands up for me against evildoers?
If the Lord had not been my help,
    my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
When I thought, “My foot slips,”
    thy steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
    thy consolations cheer my soul.

Psalm 94:16-19


O merciful Lord, noise and worry take away my peace. I get tied up, and my mind runs in circles.

Will you help me?

Reach out your hand, O Lord. Cast out the liar that tells me there is no hope. Let me not look to the world but instead to your wounds to find rest for my soul.

If I must change a habit, attitude or lack of trust, then show me, cleanse me.

The blood of Christ sets me free.

I wish to feel the gentle breeze of your loving grace. You alone give me the quiet

and security I need. For the promise of Jesus is salvation for all who believe in his name.

I believe in you, O Lord. I am your child, and you are my God.

In Jesus name,


Prayer for more of God’s love

God’s love is always there for you. Still, you might not feel it or sense the presence of his love. But if you pray for God’s love (or to be more aware of it), it becomes more apparent in your life. Plus, it’s the best cure for all the things you want to improve about yourself.

Praying for God’s love might not be the most common type of prayer, but it should be. When you pray for his love, things take on a whole new perspective. Difficulty shrinks and peace in your heart grows.

One of the greatest things about God’s love is that it removes fear. When you know for sure that you are loved and forgiven, you feel secure. Jesus promises us eternal life. This is the promise of love. Trust and build your relationship with God on that promise. Then  go forth and share the love overflowing from your heart.

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Prayer for more of God's love

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Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 

1 John 4:7-9

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us.

1 John 4:18-19


O loving Lord,

I’m far from perfect. Many parts of my character could be more pure, and things aren’t always how I want them to be.

One thing I know for sure, one thing I trust in, and count on with all my heart, is the power of God’s love.

So fill me, O Lord, with your grace and loving Spirit.

The best answer to all my problems and imperfections is more of you.

Pour yourself over me, O Lord. Cleanse and restore me. I ask for more of Christ in me to cast out the darkness, fear, hurt and shame.

Your love for me is infinite and all powerful.

I am a child of God.

My lips sings praises to your glory. In Christ, my soul soars free.

In Jesus name,