Prayer to not be so demanding

Have you become unbearably strict? With yourself? With others? Sadly, this can occur in many Christians since they want to improve their lives. The problem is when we try to do this all on our own.

What happens when we exclude God from the process? We exclude love.

Check how high you set the performance bar. Also, take note of your attitude when trying to improve something. Are your expectations unrealistic? Are you forgetting about the hearts involved?

The Pharisees were not bad people, or at least not any worse than the average person. Their problem was that they thought by their efforts alone, they could please God. So they ended up crucifying Christ. Meanwhile, our heavenly Father sent his Son to show us the true way to commune with God.

It’s not about control, but about complete trust in the Lord and his will. This doesn’t mean inaction. Instead, it’s action and attitude guided by the Spirit. Yes, we all have to do our part, but give God room to do his good work. Rest upon his promises.

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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

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

PRAYER TO NOT BE SO DEMANDING (regular text)

Oh loving Lord,

I’m so tied up in knots. I want to be responsible and do the right thing. Am I overdoing it?

Free me from thinking it all depends on me. Soften my heart, oh Lord, towards others and myself. Help me to accept imperfection. Let me be patient and kind.

Yes, there is work to be done and limits to respect. But let it be done from a heart that loves instead of one that demands. Show me how, oh Lord. I can’t do this on my own, But you can, so I go to you.

Show me the way. Change my heart and mind to understand that mercy wins over sacrifice. And love suffers all things for the glory of Christ.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to cast out the lies of the enemy

We all blow things out of proportion at times. It could be because you are tired or overworked. Or maybe you have deeper issues that need to be resolved. Whatever the reason, in many cases, the enemy is part of the problem.

What does the enemy do? He tells you lies that even the smallest inconvenience is the end of the world. Another lie he tells you is that everything revolves around you and your schedule. So take yourself out of the center of the universe. There is only one innocent and faithful enough to be there.

When we return to Jesus, our perspective changes. We realize how much we have been given. We begin to be more thankful. We understand that we can forgive and be forgiven. The Holy Spirit shows us the clear dimensions of a problem and the right way to handle them.

Pray for the enemy to be cast out

The prayer for liberation can be intense. Always invoke the name of Jesus during this kind of prayer. It is serious spiritual combat, and you want our leader King to be in control of the fight.

Then, when the turmoil fades, rest in his peace. Rise up and keep going. Know that the Lord goes with you.

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Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

…for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7

Prayer to cast out the lies of the enemy (regular text)

Oh heavenly Lord,

The enemy rises up like a river against me. I have problems and trials. Some are tremendous. And the demon wraps me up and tangles me in my thoughts.

He wants me to be afraid.

Do not let this happen, oh Lord. Stand up for me, rise up! For you are a mighty Lord. Send your Spirit to defend me.

In the name of Jesus, I reject the lies of the enemy that tells me all is lost. Instead, I take up my shield of faith and the blade that is God’s word.

Cast out the evil one, oh Lord! In Jesus name, send the influence of the enemy far from me.

By the blood of Christ I am saved. In his resurrection I am confident. In proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ I have courage. My life has meaning, value and joy.

In my heart there is only room for one King.

My Christ, my Savior, my Lord,

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer for help with a difficult life

Everybody faces challenges, but some are especially difficult. Sometimes you may not have much more to depend on beyond God’s word and prayer. The secret is that in those resources you’ll find the most important answers. It’s not just a “spiritual thing”. When you seek God’s guidance, you have greater strength and clarity to make decisions. And if it is his will, you might even experience a miracle.

This doesn’t mean you should not seek help. Talk to a trusted friend, pastor or priest. Seek professionals or organizations that might help your situation. For instance, many have written in saying they are, or might end up, homeless. Here are two sites that can help:

https://nationalhomeless.org/references/need-help/

https://endhomelessness.org/how-to-get-help-experiencing-homelssness/

Remember, the greatest miracle of all is a life transformed by the Spirit of God. So let him change you and build your character. Let Christ shine from your life testimony, no matter how tough life is.

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I call upon thee, O Lord; make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice, when I call to thee!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice!

Psalm 141:1-2

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff,
they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:10

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Prayer for spiritual growth

Are looking to grow spiritually? Are you sure you’re ready? Even though we should all seek growth, it might be a good idea to examine our motives first. Do you want to grow spiritually to have more influence or control? Do you want to grow in order to avoid pain? Or do you want to grow so you can love more and serve more — even if it comes at the cost of suffering?

Growth means being renewed. It’s taking all your knowledge, experience and failures and giving it up to a new stage of life. If you entrust this process to God and rest in his ways, then growth is guaranteed.

It’s a day-to-day process. It’s tearing down your personal ideologies and letting the Spirit of God be fully expressed. Be a “grown up” child of God, and bring forth an abundant harvest.

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And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:23

As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Matthew 13:23

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Prayer for me to be myself

Pressure from the world and the wounds of life might try to rob us of our identity. We are under so much pressure that we may even forget completely about ourselves. Maybe we’re too busy. Or perhaps people want to control us. In the end we lose a sense of who we are.

When this happens, return to the basics. Think about what’s really most important to you. Reestablish your core roles. Above all, build upon your identity as a child of God. This means spending time in his presence. So seek him.

Time spent with God allows you to understand and feel his love for you. You begin to realize how much you mean to him. The Lord’s faithfulness gives you confidence to be yourself.

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well..

Psalm 139:14

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5

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Prayer of thanks and praise

If you feel like it, then let it all out. Praise our heavenly Lord! When God reveals his kindness in a special way, you just have to raise your arms and give thanks and praise.

Even if you don’t feel particularly good, give praise to God anyway. Many times Scripture shows us how God’s people overcame challenges by giving praise. Even when their backs were against the wall, their greatest spiritual weapon was to praise Almighty God.

When you feel it, do it. And even when you don’t feel like it, do it anyway. God is worthy, and he will respond.

Hallelujah! All honor, glory and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ!

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…as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 6:10

“Worthy art thou, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for thou didst create all things,
and by thy will they existed and were created.”

Revelation 4:11

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Prayer for time management

Strapped for time? Who isn’t these days? One thing you can’t create is more time, but you can be more efficient. But how?

Time spent in prayer is time gained. You may not think you have time to pray, but the closer your relationship is with God, the more focused you are. You have more peace. Since your mind is clear, you don’t get so frustrated either. Plus, you learn to wait for the right moment when things might flow easier. Not everything has to be done now.

Go to God. Let him organize your thoughts and your life. It all begins by trusting in his goodness.

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

Matthew 6:33

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

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Prayer for protection against attack

When the enemy rises up against you, what’s your reaction? Do you get scared or nervous? Maybe you withdraw or lash out. There comes a time in everyone’s life when you feel under attack. It may or may not be from a specific person. Either way, you feel the aggression.

Instead of getting upset and fearful, return good for bad. Show the face of mercy, even to those you disagree with. When you feel an overabundance of negativity, return fire with an outpouring of love. This doesn’t mean you can’t be firm in your convictions, but your strength comes from a heavenly source.

If you try this on your own, it probably won’t happen. Or it will feel forced. Instead, be filled by the Holy Spirit, and let him do the work. You are the instrument. You are the manifestation of God’s loving Spirit on the earth. All of this is possible thanks to the great victory Christ won for your soul.

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No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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 8:37-39

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Prayer for when you are under pressure

Are you facing an intense moment in your life? Stress can lead to a wide range of problems including anxiety, panic and depression. Even worse, the pressure of life can tempt us to look for answers that exclude God from our lives.

It’s hard, but instead of looking at a pressure filled moment as something all bad, see it as an opportunity. It’s a chance to grow in your relationship with Christ and as a person. Tough moments are when the Spirit of God shines brilliantly.

You might be at your wits end, but don’t give in. Instead, dig in and go to God. In his presence, you will find the strength and insight to get through hard times.

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“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Jeremiah 18:6

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

Psalm 27:14

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

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