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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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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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

Prayer for challenging times

Are you facing a big life challenge right now? Some challenges can be exciting while others might not be wanted at all. In any case, you might be doubting if you can rise to the challenge.

When facing a something new and difficult, look to the example of Jesus. He was always seeking the presence and will of his Father. Even if things were tough, he knew his Father was in control. Jesus trusted in God’s will to the end. It was difficult, painful, and bloody – but Jesus remained faithful even to his death. In the end, the results were glorious. It was the opportunity for all humankind to be at peace with God.

Let the example of Christ give you the right perspective and attitude to face any challenge. God is with you. Do not be afraid. Accept your limitations, but also know, with God, all things are possible.

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God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

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

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

PRAYER FOR CHALLENGING TIMES

Oh blessed Lord,

A challenge arises before me here, now, and I know I need you. So I cry out.

Come, oh mighty Lord, rise up! Cast out all lies, calm my fear. Pour out your Spirit over me. Prepare me for the task.

Remind me how your power and grace came to save my soul. Reveal again to my heart your wise teaching and your tender love.

May the Servant Master, Christ Jesus be my guide. Confident in obedience, worshiping in Spirit and truth, seeking the will of my Father.

No matter what comes, no matter how difficult, may I stand firm upon Christ,

Ready for the challenge, for the honor and glory of Almighty God.

In the name of my Lord Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer against division

When a spirit of division tries to break up relationships, how do you react? It could be in a marriage, family, or community. Many times, our reactions are full of resentment or anger. Or maybe we withdraw and hide. All this is exactly what the enemy wants. He seeks to divide and isolate us.

Satan used the temptations of power, politics, manipulation, and lies to put Jesus to death. And the Son of God died for all of this to win a great victory over evil.

Invoke the Holy Spirit to do the work of unification. Ask him to free everyone involved – including yourself – of impure and aggressive thoughts. This doesn’t mean you passively accept things that go against your values. But instead of fighting to the death, you ask the Lord to do the fighting.

Maybe someone is clearly in the wrong. If you first have to change your attitude 1% for the other person to change 99%, isn’t that worth it? This is God’s economy. Let his Spirit guide you through the process.

Jesus didn’t focus on right or wrong. Instead, he was interested in our hearts. He shows us how to fight against – and conquer – any impure spirit of division.

Get on your knees. Cry out. Let the Lord do his good work. And let it be for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ.

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I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

for the Lord your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.

Deuteronomy 20:4

PRAYER AGAINST DIVISION

Oh blessed Lord,

There’s confusion and anger, so much resentment. So here, now, I cry out to you.

Save us, oh Lord! Rise up, oh Lord, rise up!

Extend your mighty hand to cast out the liar. Strike down the enemy that seeks to divide and destroy.

May your Spirit work in our hearts. Purify our motives, reveal to us your will, free us from our fears.

Let Christ show us the way, arms open on the cross in loving sacrifice, service, and obedience to his Father.

Anoint us, oh Lord, with wisdom and clarity to put aside our fleshy desires and to seek unity according to your Spirit.

Let us stand firm, oh Lord, to raise up your flag of victory, for Christ has overcome the world.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for complicated situations

What do you do when you encounter a complicated situation? You can run and hide, but that probably won’t make things better. You could try to force everyone to accept your demands, but you’ll probably end up making things worse. You could be quiet and let anger and resentment build up inside, but sooner or later, you’ll explode.

When things get complicated, one of the biggest mistakes we can make is trying to figure it all out by ourselves. The other mistake is driving yourself crazy when things don’t make sense or turn out how you want.

The best thing to do is stop for a moment. Rewind and go back to some basic truths. Ask God to establish his order and peace in your heart. From that place you can begin to process the complexity of life.

It also helps to talk about it with someone. Make sure the person is trustworthy with a solid life testimony and experience. Don’t go to someone who you know will just agree with you about everything.

You can’t fix it all. You can’t control everything either. Worrying too much won’t change anything. Instead, go to God for guidance and understanding. No matter what happens, remember, you are a beloved child of God. From that place of strength and security, begin to  seek heavenly understanding.

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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

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

“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 11:28-29

PRAYER FOR COMPLICATED SITUATIONS

Oh heavenly Lord,

I’m facing a situation. It’s complicated and dense. I feel lost in an ocean of doubt. Do you see me Lord?

Stop my mind, oh Lord, from racing around trying to figure it all out. Let me build on the truth of your mercy and love. Here, may I gain understanding and confidence.

Set me free from any temptation of seeking control or results that fit my desires.

Instead, may I seek your will for myself and for others, even if it means I must accept things that hurt or confuse me.

Drive out the evil one, oh Lord, cast out any anger or resentment. Extend your mighty hand and grant me the peace of Christ which drives away all confusion.

Bring clarity to my soul, oh loving Lord.

I pray for this in Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to deepen my faith

Have you ever asked God for more faith? The Apostles did (Luke 17:5). Still, at that time, they didn’t have the full picture. Jesus was still with them, and he had not yet completed his full mission.

Sometimes we say we want more faith, but our actions show we just want a little bit of God. So we spend lots of time with our cell phones, watching TV, on social media, or many other frivolous activities. But we don’t spend much time reading the Bible, in prayer, or helping others.

Then when times get tough, we wonder why our faith is weak. If you don’t exercise, your body won’t be fit. If you don’t exercise your faith, it can’t be strong either.

The promises of God go far beyond the riches and comfort of this world. His promises are heavenly and eternal. To claim them all, you need a strong faith.

If you want your faith grow deeper, do these things:

Read God’s Word. Pray. Be an active member in your church community. Find ways to serve and love your neighbor in a concrete and repeated way. Forgive and ask for forgiveness. Give up any sense of security into God’s hands.

If you do these things, and ask for God’s help, your faith is certain to grow.

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So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17

But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. 

Romans 8:9a

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God

John 1:12

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.’ 

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:35-36, 40

PRAYER TO DEEPEN MY FAITH

Oh blessed Lord,

Sometimes I feel my faith is weak and shallow. but I want more. Oh Lord, show me how.

Help me to trust and depend on you to guide me.

Give me hunger for your Word, a thirst for your presence, and the courage to live as a disciple of Christ.

Show me, oh Lord, where I must put my faith to the test to make it authentic and strong.

And even if the enemy sends his legions against me, may I stand firm knowing my faith defends me, and your Word strikes Satan down.

Above all, oh loving Lord, reveal to my heart how great faith comes to the humble.

As God is all I have and all I need.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to get back up again

When you’ve been knocked down by life, how do you get back up again? One thing that paralyzes us sometimes is thinking we have to fix it all at once. Don’t forget, your life is a collection of events, not a single moment.

Instead of getting stuck, get help from God. Ask him to fill you with his Spirit to give you the courage and strength to move forward.

Sometimes we fall into the same mistakes over and over again. We can think of this as repeated failure. Or it can be a repeat opportunity to get closer to Jesus and understand his loving forgiveness. Don’t give up the good fight.

Remember, sin does not define who you are. Instead, your identity is defined by God’s love for you as his child. And his love is what will eventually drive sin out of your life.

So no matter what causes you to fall down, look up. The Lord reaches his hand out to you. Take it. Rise with Christ. Don’t be afraid. God is with you!

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

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. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11

PRAYER TO GET BACK UP AGAIN

Oh mighty Lord,

I’m knocked down and hurt. It all looks dark. I’m tempted to give up.

Won’t you help me?

Give me the strength, oh Lord, to take one step forward. Just one. Help me to begin again.

If there is sin in the way, forgive and cleanse me. If the enemy tries to stop me with his lies and deceit, in Jesus’ name, cast out the devil, and set my soul free.

Reveal to my heart, oh Lord, Christ resurrected in victory over sin and death. And may I rise up with him, strong and confident as a beloved child of God.

Let me walk steady and sure in the way that is Christ.

May my perseverance and testimony glorify you, O my Lord, my God.

In the name of Christ Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer for inner healing

We’ve all been hurt. Nobody lives a pain free life. But sometimes we try to ignore or bury the pain. Sooner or later though, you’ll have to deal with it. Or, you can let God.

Inner healing takes time. Don’t hurry the process, but don’t hold it back too long either. There’s no magic formula, and your heart may give you clues about when it’s time. Or maybe a strong experience brings deep wounds to the surface.

Sometimes the hurt comes from suppressed memories or experiences that were linked to your life. They can be direct or indirect, but either way, they hurt you.

When the time comes, find a quiet place. Sit for a moment in silence. Then let it all out. Cry out to the Lord and express all past and present pain. Expose your wounds to the light of God… and he will heal you. Jesus Christ is the Great Physician. His wounds and his blood provide the deep spiritual healing your soul desires.

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Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for thou art my praise.

Jeremiah 17:14

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

And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 2:17

PRAYER FOR INNER HEALING

Oh heavenly Lord,

I’ve been hurt, seen hurt. Wounds and pain all around, can you heal it all? Is it possible?

Free me, oh Lord, of my fear and resistance. Help me to give myself into your gentle hands. Bring down the walls that separate my heart from your loving Spirit.

Let my trust in you grow. May I surrender it all to you as you alone restore my soul.

Christ shows me the way.

Heal me, cleanse me with the blood of the Lamb who frees me from sin and shame.

I am your beloved child. So here, now, I ask you, oh loving Lord, heal me of my deep wound and set me free again.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer for answers and guidance

Are you facing uncertainty? Not sure what choice to make? Or maybe you are confused about a situation. Can God give you an answer? Of course he can.

During moments of decision, take the time to consult with God. Ask him about anything and be patient. Then when he gives you an answer, the blessing’s baked in. Also, it’s important to be spiritually prepared for what God decides to show you.

Consultations with God may take time. This is one way he molds your relationship with him. You might want to keep notes about what the Spirit shows you while you pray — even if it seems like it has nothing to do with your question. Also, mark down Bible verses that speak to you during this time of discernment.

When the Lord decides you are ready, he will reveal his answers to you. In many cases, he responds to questions you weren’t asking about specifically — but they make a huge impact in your walk of faith. So ask anything. Get closer to the Lord.

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Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13

PRAYER FOR ANSWERS AND GUIDANCE

Oh blessed Lord,

I have doubts, questions. I seek answers, so I seek your presence now.

Prepare me first, oh Lord. Grant me your peace that I may be ready for what you reveal to me.

Give me the humility to accept your will and your way. May your guidance be present always, and may your answer come when I am ready.

Cleanse me of any selfishness. Free me of all deceit.

Let your Spirit show me that my true rest is in Christ and not the answer I seek.

May your response be a guiding message bringing me closer to the love of my Savior and Lord.

In his holy name I pray, in the name of Jesus,

Amen.