Prayer for hard times in life

Are you in the middle of a very hard trial right now? Maybe you don’t see a way out or maybe things have been tough for a long time, but God is at work. You can count on it.

It’s normal to feel down and troubled during difficult times. This does not mean you don’t have faith. It just means you are human. Still, during the hard times, it can  be especially hard to pray and trust in God.

Don’t let go of Jesus though. Don’t give up hope. Hang on tight to him!

No matter how things turn out, difficult times can always be used for good. Trust in the plans and promises of God. You may not fully understand now, but eventually the Lord will reveal deeper truths to you.

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Prayer for hard times in life

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And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, la′ma sabach-tha′ni?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 

Matthew 27:46

and I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 2:28

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

PRAYER FOR HARD TIMES IN LIFE

O merciful Lord,

I’m facing a tough time. I don’t want to lose hope, but it hurts. I’m broken.

Do you see me Lord?

Right now, things look so dark. So I cry out to you. I seek the impossible peace.

Let me let go, O Lord, all my fears and suffering into your hands.

Help me to trust in your will despite the trials and hurt. Cast out the enemy, O Lord. Strike down his influence and lies.

My Lord Jesus bled and died for me. May this truth penetrate my heart to heal me and set me free.

Grant me the grace of Christ that shines bright in the night, the morning Star rising in new life and glory.

I am yours, O Lord, now, in the struggle, and forever in your glory.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for worry and stress

Feeling stressed out? You probably need a break from your hectic life or maybe you are facing a big challenge or crisis.

There are two ways in which stress and worry go away: when circumstances change or when you change.

Even if it’s hard, even if you feel like you don’t have the time or energy, seek God. Put him at the top of your priorities. Don’t wait anymore. The Lord is waiting to help and heal you, but it won’t happen unless you open your heart to him.

So place all your worries and your fear at the feet of Christ. Be real about it. Sincere. Let it go and give it up to him. Then let his Spirit rush in to transform you and bring you true peace.

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Prayer for worry and stress

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O God, thou art my God, I seek thee,
my soul thirsts for thee;
my flesh faints for thee,
as in a dry and weary land where no water is.
So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary,
beholding thy power and glory.
Because thy steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise thee.
So I will bless thee as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.

Psalm 63:1-4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

PRAYER FOR WORRY AND STRESS

O heavenly Lord,

I can’t deny it, worry consumes me and stress brings me down.

So I go to you, O Lord, for in the chaos of this world you are my only hope.

Let my heart know that in an instant of faith and trust in you all my fear can be shattered, and I break free.

For my soul knows, as it has always known, it can trust and rest in you.

For that reason, my soul seeks its Savior.

Christ alone saves my soul. My deepest need now met brings me a calm heart, a humble heart, as the love of God quiets the raging waters of my soul.

By your loving grace make it so. Set me free in Christ.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer to give more

We all have our challenges and struggles. Sometimes what we have to deal with in our own lives seems to be more than we can handle. Still, as followers of Christ, how should we respond to those in need?

Jesus set the bar very high by asking us to love even our enemies. The parable of the Good Samaritan is another example. And what was the example of Jesus? Give until it hurts.

Ask yourself: Do you only give when it’s convenient and comfortable? Do you only give to your family? Where else can you see the image of Jesus in need?

Our world is complex and many suffer. We can decide how we want to make changes. If we follow the example of our Lord, we can see how he:

  • Helped with the most urgent needs
  • Helped on a one-on-one basis
  • Encouraged his disciples to help as a team
  • Linked the Gospel message to acts of compassion

Are we, as the Body of Christ doing the same thing? If not, why not?

Let it start with asking God to change our hearts and show us the way. Then, let his love manifest in our lives through concrete action. Move out of your zone of comfort and move into a place of blessings.

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Prayer to give more

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for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 

Matthew 25:35-36

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Acts 20:35

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

PRAYER TO GIVE MORE

O heavenly Lord,

You delivered me out of the pit of despair. I owe my life to you. What can I possibly give in return?

Help me to see, O Lord, with the eyes of Christ. Show me where I can help, where I can give.

Show me your face in the face of those in need. Do not let the worries of this world harden my heart. Remind me how much I am blessed, how much I am loved.

Then teach my heart, O Lord, to give as you give and to love as you love.

In this way, Christ lives in me.

Show me how, O Lord, as you are my faith and my salvation.

I pray in the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer for when you feel empty

Do you find that life seems to have lost its color? Are you feeling empty inside? Maybe even important events or celebrations don’t make you feel much emotion.

Sometimes, this feeling of emptiness may be an early sign of depression. It’s important to talk about this with someone you trust. Also, seek activities that diversify and strengthen your personal, real world, relationships (family, church, volunteer, sports, hobbies, etc.)

In the end – deep down – we all hunger and thirst for God. Even if you don’t feel something, that doesn’t mean he’s not there.

So go back and remember the miracles and transformations he made in your life.

Go back and give thanks for all the times he protected and guided you.

Return to the cross and look upon Jesus. Understand the forgiveness of God. See how much he loves you.

Live a faith that rejoices in the resurrection. You are called to believe and rise up with Christ. This goes beyond emotions. Instead, it’s your soul full of joy knowing its Savior has come.

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Prayer for when you feel empty

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Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:35

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 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 6:1b-10

PRAYER FOR WHEN YOU FEEL EMPTY

O loving Lord,

I know you are there, yet still, I feel empty inside. Why is this happening? Can you see me Lord?

I come to your presence as I seek a renewal. May my emptiness be filled by your loving Spirit. Only you can nourish my soul.

Reveal to my mind and heart the deeper meaning, a more mature faith that I may walk with God no matter how I feel.

For the purest love, the love of Christ, asks for nothing in return.

The purest love only knows how to give.

Guide me, O Lord,  into a new, spacious place where in loving and giving, as Jesus loves me, I am fulfilled.

I pray in Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to stay centered

The world is full of distractions, and it’s complex. And you have your own struggles to deal with on top of it all. It’s very easy to lose focus and fall into a hurried, out-of-control existence.

If you put your problems at the center of your life, then everything looks dark. If you put the Light of Christ at the center, everything is illuminated by his Spirit.

Remember, it takes time and effort. So seek the presence of the Lord. Spend time in prayer and with his Word. Be in communion with your church. When you take these steps to put Jesus at the center, you gain clarity and direction. This saves you time and restores your peace.

The Kingdom of God is his order and all the potential within it. It all depends upon your relationship with Jesus Christ. Let it be strong. Let it give you life.

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Though a host encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

Psalm 27:3

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life[ will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Matthew 16:24-26

PRAYER TO STAY CENTERED

O blessed Lord,

Everything tries to pull me apart to disrupt my peace and break me into pieces.

Will you help me?

I go to you O Lord, I seek you. I run to you. May I return to your presence, the essence of my being for I am a child of God and Christ is my Lord.

In you, only you, I find security and rest. Even if the wind howls and the enemy pounds at my door, I will stand firm. I will not fall. Upon Christ this house is built.

In the name of Jesus, cast out the evil one, O Lord. Give me the courage to return to the center that is Christ, my Savior.

And may your mighty Spirit take this broken spirit to rise up, resurrected, with a stronger heart, a greater love.

I pray for this in Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for my children

For any prayerful mom or dad, a lot of time is spent praying for your children — and for good reason. God brings children into our lives for us to  teach, protect and care for them. Prayer is a big part of this.

As a parent, we also learn a lot about ourselves along the way, right? That’s why it’s important to pray for our own growth as parents when we pray for our kids. One of the best ways to teach them about faith is to let them see God at work in our lives.

So pray for your kids. Some changes may take years, but never give up hope. Stay faithful to them in prayer and service as God is faithful to you.

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Prayer for my children

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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 2:3-4 

PRAYER FOR MY CHILDREN

O heavenly Lord,

You know my heart. You know me best, and you know how much I care for my children.

I thank you, O Lord, for their lives and their souls. Thank you for the gift of being a parent.

In the name of Jesus, I ask for your protection and guidance over my children. Keep them safe and healthy. May they grow in your wisdom, and may your mighty hand defend them against the enemy.

Show me how to truly love them without selfishness or fear.

May your Holy Spirit free them, heal them and bless them.

May your grace touch their hearts, so Christ becomes known to them as Lord and Savior.

I wait for you, O Lord. I trust in your promises, and I pray for my children in the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer of praise to God

You can praise God in any situation:

When you face danger or challenges, praise God and watch the enemy flee.

When you feel the darkness closing in, praise God and see the light of Christ shine.

When you receive his loving kindness, praise God and give him the thanks he deserves.

Rejoice with other sons and daughters of God. Praise his holy name!

Praise the Lord!

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Prayer of praise to God

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And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and wonderful are thy deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are thy ways,
O King of the ages![a]
Who shall not fear and glorify thy name, O Lord?
For thou alone art holy.
All nations shall come and worship thee,
for thy judgments have been revealed.”

Revelation 15:3-4

PRAYER OF PRAISE TO GOD

O blessed Lord,

Here I am before you to praise you, to thank you, to glorify your holy name. You are my Lord, my God.

Your love and mercy have set me free from the slavery of sin. How great is your love!

You are kind and patient with me, O loving Lord.

So I lift up my voice, I sing with your angels, the Lord is holy and just, righteous and faithful, God’s word, the source of life.

You are my hope and salvation, and Jesus Christ is my King.

Your Kingdom is eternal, and by your grace I am saved.

I praise you, O Lord! I proclaim your holy name, you are the One True God.

Hallelujah! Amen.

In Jesus name, Amen. Hallelujah!

Prayer for when you feel far from God

It’s not uncommon to feel distant from God. The best thing to do when this happens is to be sincere about it. Everyone at some time can feel far from God. So what can you do to get closer?

A lot of it depends on your life situation. Have you been walking in your faith for a long time, or are you new in your belief? Where you are now is important to consider, but a common thread exists in nearly every case.

When you feel far from God, it’s always an invitation to get closer and to trust more. It can be challenging, but that’s because the rewards are heavenly. Getting closer to God means understanding in a deeper way who you are, where you came from, and where you are headed. It means making sense of your history and your wounds.

If sin is separating you from God, ask for forgiveness, and let the blood of Christ wash you clean.

If you need to trust God more, then ask his Holy Spirit to help you.

And if you are called to give or love more, then seek God’s presence. Let his grace give you the humility, courage, and perseverance to be more Christ-like.

It’s all fueled by the love of God. So receive it thankfully. It’s there for you always.

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Prayer for when you feel far from God

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Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13-7

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.

James 4:8

PRAYER FOR WHEN YOU FEEL FAR FROM GOD

O loving Lord,

Here I am before you even though I feel far away. I want to get closer, but at the same time I resist.

Is my heart wounded? Am I’m afraid to let it all go into your hands?

Deep down my soul cries out, “Save me! O merciful Lord”.

Let this moment be a time of inner growth. May I learn and understand the deeper mysteries of faith. May the Spirit of Christ show me the heart of Jesus. May I love despite the struggle, beyond the silence.

Purify my heart, O Lord.

Reveal to me your most excellent way, the way my Savior loves me, even alone on the cross, glorifying you in heaven.

In the name of Christ Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer for true patience

Do you find it hard to be patient? Who doesn’t? If you find it difficult to be patient with others, remember how God was patient with you. Unless you are perfect, try to understand that we all need help and salvation. That makes us all equal.

If you have trouble with waiting for a situation to change, find rest in God. Trust in his timing and his plans. He knows what he’s doing, right?

Finally, if you find it hard to be patient with yourself, focus on God’s love for you. You are his child, so he will wait for you. Let his loving patience be a source of nourishment that feeds your change.

Ask God to be able to trust more in him and less in yourself. Let his patience and kindness transform you to be more like Jesus.

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Prayer for true patience

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For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1:19-20

Teach me thy way, O Lord;
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.

Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
yea, wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27:11, 14

PRAYER FOR TRUE PATIENCE

Oh merciful Lord,

Why is it so hard for me to be patient and wait? Help me, O Lord, show me. Bring calm to my heart.

Your peace comes to me by the blood of the cross of Christ. Conform me, O Lord, to the truth of this mystery. By the wounds of my Savior I am free, I am healed. Let me rest there first, O Lord.

Then teach me and mold me to be more patient with people and circumstances and with myself. Pour out your grace over me. May your Spirit be my guide.

I can’t do it alone, O Lord, so I humbly ask you, give me patience. Grant me your peace.

May it glorify you in heaven, and may my soul rejoice.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Blessed are the poor in spirit

Just this for today…

Blessed are the poor in spirit

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

John 11:25