Prayer for preparation

What are you getting ready for? A test, meeting, or conversation? Maybe you are preparing for a celebration, and it’s stressing you out. No matter the situation, if you pray about it first, things will be more clear.

Go ahead. Go to God and pour out all your fears, worries, and desires. Let it all out at his feet. Then, in his presence, he will begin to put things in order. His Spirit will guide you and prepare your heart.

Sometimes situations won’t change right away. But when you pray, you change. Your mind and heart see Christ at the center of your life. And this puts it all into the right perspective.

So get ready. Go to God and let him prepare you.

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Prayer for preparation

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I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Psalm 32:8

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

John 16:13-14


O merciful Lord,

Here I am. I am facing a situation, and I seek your presence. I ask for guidance.

First, let me open my heart to your Holy Spirit. May he put my thoughts and feelings in order. Let the Kingdom of God come alive in me.

Let me know above all things that I am forgiven, that I am loved, and that Christ is with me. Press this deep into my heart, O loving Lord.

Pour out your grace and prepare the moment, to open hearts and minds. May your Spirit give me clarity and confidence, as I know I am a child of God.

And above all things, may your will be done. Let the moment glorify you. Prepare me, O Lord, and may my life praise Jesus, my Savior, my King.

In Jesus name,


Prayer to give thanks

Believe it or not, there is so much to give thanks for, no matter what situation you are living in.

For those who have been blessed with abundance, one of the best ways to show thanks is to share.

For those who suffer and hurt, the deepest thanks can be found in your relationship with Jesus.

If you think you have nothing to be thankful for, look at the cross of Christ for all your answers. Let your spirit be revived by the Resurrection, and all things will be made new.

Jesus is the path to thankfulness and freedom.

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:4-8


O blessed Lord,

You are the creator of heaven and earth. You are my creator. You gave me life.

Every blessing I have is the fruit of your goodness. All love comes from you through those who love me.

And when this weary soul fell down and out, you were there for me. When I hurt myself & others you took away my sin. Jesus took my shame. He hurt with me and never left my side.

He did it all for me. He did it all for love. And my heart and soul cry out in thanks and joy.

Even if my life isn’t perfect even if I have a long way to go, my soul is safe in your hands.

For your love O Lord, I give a thousand thanks.

In Jesus name,


Prayer to keep moving forward

Feeling stuck or spinning your wheels? Some situations seem like they will never change. Or maybe, you keep making the same mistake, over and over again.

If there is one thing the Gospels tell us, is that it’s never too late. Today is not the last chapter in your life. It might be difficult and painful, but you can keep going. When you cry out to God, he delivers. It may not be exactly as you want, but he will give you the strength to carry on. Trust in him. He never turns you away.

Return to the bedrock of your faith and rebuild from there. Get down to the basic elements of your relationship with God. Great truth and strength are found there. Then rise up with Christ and continue forward.

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Prayer to keep moving forward

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26


O merciful Lord,

Strong winds rage against me. It’s hard to keep going. Do you see my struggle? Will you help me, O Lord?

Free me from the lie telling me I can’t do this. Show me again, O Lord, that your love makes all things new.

Let me draw from the storehouse of my faith to remember again who you are & who I am.

Jesus died and was buried. He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is seated at God’s right hand. He will come again in glory.

By the blood of Christ I am a child of God. Jesus is my life & salvation. Nothing can take you away from me.

Even with pain & struggle I can continue. I can go on. As in the love of Christ my weakness is strength. In God’s grace, I soar free.

In Jesus name,


Prayer to be vigilant

We all know the world is unpredictable. So how do you stay alert for any incoming danger?

You might think you have all the bases covered since things look good on the outside. Still, you could be leaving a door wide open for problems due to unresolved issues in your private life.

Remember, your actions speak the loudest. It doesn’t matter who sees or doesn’t see them. Your heart knows the truth. And your heart yearns for God to bring light and healing to your soul.

Let the the Kingdom of Heaven come to you and your life. Let the Lord put things in order. Stay close to him and be ready for anything. Always be waiting and watching for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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“Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!”

Revelation 16:15

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

1 Thessalonians 5:5

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:44


O blessed Lord,

In this troubled world the challenges of life are not easy for me. I feel pressure from all sides. Help me remain ready. Keep me steady and sure.

Show me, O Lord, where I need to change first. Let me know that vigilance begins with keeping my own house clean.

May your Spirit guide me to have a solid testimony. I know it can’t be perfect, but let no sin remain hidden. I give up my shame to you.

In my hurting emptiness may your Spirit fill me. May Christ complete me. Let nothing stand between us. Keep me ready & awake to face the coming dawn.

In the Spirit, the enemy has no chance against me, as the blood of Christ has set this sinner free.

As your child I am ready, as Christ lives in me.

In Jesus name,


Prayer for everlasting hope

What are you hoping for right now? Many times we hope for something very specific, but things don’t always work out the way we hoped for.

This doesn’t mean you should lose hope. Still, to have everlasting hope, you might want to shift your focus. For instance, how strong is your hope in God’s mercy? Instead of focusing only on something earthly, eternal hope rests on heavenly promises. A firm hope in God’s plan answers the questions of the soul.

So yes, go ahead and hope for that job, a person to change their heart, or for a specific blessing to come to you. Be willing to wait on that hope. And always place your deepest, most intimate hope in something more profound. In God’s mercy, there is always hope.

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Prayer for everlasting hope

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Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

1 Peter 1:13

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 5:10-11

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 40:31


O merciful Lord,

Here I am before you. I have nothing left. My resources & strength have left me.

Now, as I am empty, O Lord, and all my self-confidence slips away, I am left alone

waiting for you. And still, I remember…

When faced with my sin and shame, I had no hope. Then you showed me your great loving mercy. You gave me another chance, and my faith came alive. My hope for a better tomorrow was born.

So here I am again, O Lord, with nothing but my hope in my Lord Jesus Christ. I place my hope upon your eternal truths & promises. Make it everlasting, O Lord.

I place my hope in your mercy. I place my hope in the goodness of God.

In Jesus name,


Prayer for courage & confidence

Are you afraid or lacking confidence? Sometimes we want to gain courage all on our own. We think we just have to be stronger or tougher. But what happens when we can’t or when we fail?

The truth is, authentic courage comes from knowing you are loved. Your confidence gets even stronger when you show love for others.

This is God’s great economy. Love multiplies and increases as it is shared. And this gives us great hope and courage.

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Prayer for courage and confidence

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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

John 1:4-18

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14


O blessed Lord,

In your presence I show my true self. I am fragile, vulnerable. Sometimes I’m afraid. How can I have courage?

Almighty Lord, you created heaven & earth. It all returns to you. Let me understand & accept that you are in control.

In my smallness you reached out to me. You gave me all I need. You gave me Christ Jesus, your innocent, beloved son. You place me on the throne with him forever free.

And from there, O Lord, I have confidence. In your mercy, there is no condemnation. In your grace, all things are new.

So I walk with you, O Lord, with deep trust. I know I am forgiven. I know I am loved. Your love gives me courage. And loving others makes me brave.

In Jesus name,


Prayer to leave negativity behind

Do you feel like negativity is making things harder for you? Sometimes we get stuck in a negative cycle and can’t get out.

Instead of listening to bad news all the time, listen to the Good News instead. You will find an uplifting message in God’s Word. This isn’t a sugar coated, false message of denial. Instead, the Word of God speaks truth, and the greatest truth of all is God’s love for you.

Focus on your primary roles. These are so important now. Glorify God even in the smallest tasks and gestures. Know that every action made to help or heal is worth it. The angels in heaven sing for this with great joy.

So instead of being negative, you can be hopeful and strong. You can rise above the noise and live life with purpose and meaning. The Spirit will help you if you ask. Nothing can be more positive than being in God’s presence. So go there and be transformed. Then, go and help others hear the Good News too.

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Prayer to leave negativity behind

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For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19


O merciful Lord,

This troubled world wants to tie me up in knots. So much anger and pain make me feel negative and all alone.

May your Spirit show me once again, O Lord, I am not alone. My God is the living God. My Lord is Christ Jesus. His pure love sets me free.

In the name of Jesus, cast out the lies of evil one. Return my focus to where I find purpose and joy.

You are my salvation and there is no greater hope than my soul at rest in God. Even during dark, tough times, you are with me & I am yours. You give me great courage. I walk with a light, sure step.

I see now with the eyes of Christ my heavenly destiny, in the loving arms of my Father. Your goodness overwhelms me. I am free. I am home.

In Jesus name,


Prayer for new coping skills

Our troubled times call for us to grow. We are called to grow as individuals, and as groups, to meet the challenges of the day.

Maybe you realize you need to listen more. Or maybe you need to communicate more clearly. Some of us need to learn to cooperate, while others need more confidence in working independently. Or perhaps you need to be more organized. Finally, maybe you need to learn to express your feelings with those close to you.

In what skills do you need to improve?

While coping skills are important, remember where it all starts. If you begin with a solid relationship with God, then he will give you what you need. He will guide and teach you. He will show you the way to serve him, your family, and your community.

So let the Lord show you how. Let him equip you to face the world and to be a living blessing.

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Prayer for new coping skills

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:22-24


O blessed Lord,

I’m nearing my wits end. It’s so hard sometimes to cope with this troubled world. The burden gets heavy.

May I find rest in you, O Lord. Let my soul be at peace knowing who I am & who saves me. I am a child of God. Nothing and no one can take my identity away from me.

From that place of strength I ask you, O Lord, to teach me. Show me new ways and give me new skills to get through each day. It all depends on you.

Renew my mind, heart & spirit. May I go forth with fresh confidence, as your grace reveals to me, in Christ, I have all l need.

Bring your truth home to me. May it burn in my heart, O loving Lord. May the resurrection show me: I can do this. I am God’s child.

In Christ, all things are possible.

In Jesus name I pray,


Prayer for clarity of the mind

Where does cluttered thinking come from? You might be overwhelmed with tasks, or maybe you lack organization. Or perhaps you’re facing a serious life challenge.

Time spent in prayer is the key to clear thinking. It might seem like you  don’t have time to pray. You might not feel like praying either. But when you communicate with God, he shows you how to set your priorities.

First, the Lord puts your soul in line with his spiritual truths. From that place of peace, you can understand things better. When you see things from a heavenly perspective, you focus on what really matters.

In prayer, the Lord reveals to you where you might be missing things. When you spend time in his presence, you live more according to God’s will. That is where you will find the greatest clarity.

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Prayer for clarity of the mind

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Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

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

Psalm 32:1-2, 7-8


O merciful Lord,

So much clutter fills my mind. I’m unfocused & distracted. Help me, O Lord. In your grace I seek clarity.

Show me again, O Lord, the essence of my faith. Reveal to my heart once more how Christ sets me free.

May your mercy sink in deep and saturate my soul. And when I doubt or hesitate may Jesus, crucified, appear to me again.

Let the mystery of you giving your Son for me cast away my doubts and fears. I am purified and cleansed. This broken & weary soul finally finds sweet rest.

And from my place of humility, I stand firm upon your strength. You make all things new. Your grace shines over my life, and a new dawn arrives.

I see clearly now. I am loved. I am free.

In Jesus name,


Prayer to go all in for the Lord

What makes us afraid to give ourselves up to God? Maybe you have been hurt. Or perhaps you want to maintain control.  What does it even mean, to give yourself up to God? It means seeking him and trusting him. It means dedication to a relationship.

Some of us get all pumped up to serve God, but it’s not meant to be something spectacular. Instead, it’s listening to what he wants for you. It’s obeying God’s Word and living the plans he has prepared for you — and nothing can be more wonderful.

When we go all in for God, he frees us of the things that we don’t need anymore. He frees us of our fear and insecurity. Then we can genuinely love and serve others. That’s the beauty of God’s love… it keeps growing and going forward.

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Prayer to go all in for the Lord

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Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Mark 12:17a

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:41-44


O blessed Lord,

I come before you as I want to make a change. I don’t want to hold back anymore, O Lord.

Free me from the things that tie me down. Bring down the walls that keep me away from you.

In God there is pure good. Let me give myself up to you finally, once and for all.

Nothing held back, nothing hidden, only truth and freedom as my soul rejoices in the saving grace of Christ.

Let me step into a place of confidence and rest. I know I am accepted. I am forgiven and loved. I am your beloved child, free at last in the Lord.

Then with passion I will proclaim the Good News.

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again!

In Jesus name,