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.

Prayer to know God’s love

You may know about God’s love in your head, but do you feel it in your heart? Maybe sometimes you don’t feel anything. Could it be that you suffer too much? Or has your heart grown hard?

The Gospel message is a message of love. It contains all the secrets of God’s tender care for you. In the teachings and examples of Jesus, you receive loving guidance. In Christ’s passion and resurrection, you receive the loving Spirit of God.

Dig deeper into these truths. Read the Word. Pray. Be in communion with your church. In all these ways, you connect with Jesus and his everlasting 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. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:7-12

PRAYER TO KNOW GOD’S LOVE

Oh merciful Lord,

I feel you far, absent. Where’s your love?

I know you are there. I need to feel your love as a child feels a mother’s love.

Sure. Secure. Real.

So I cry out to you, my Creator, that by your mercy and grace I can open my heart in a clean, sincere way to let in your love.

If sin stands in the way, may forgiveness be the door to my salvation.

If I am afraid to let go, may your tender touch transform fear into trust.

You sent the Son, shamed and stained for me. The most profound way to show me you love me. No limit. Nothing held back. Divine, most holy love of God.

May your love pierce and rest deep in my heart,

With Christ, forever free.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to stay on track

Are you feeling a bit rattled lately? Or maybe you’re running out of steam. You know what you have to do, but you’re tempted to give up. It all just seems like too much sometimes, right?

Remember, you don’t get anywhere by doing everything at once. The work, trials, suffering and actions are all part of the journey. And each step is another opportunity to trust more in God.

When things get shaky, take a moment and stop. Look at the big picture. Think about God’s plan for salvation in your life. Get things done, one-by-one, and move forward. If you don’t get to it all, keep going. Don’t give up trying. Your effort counts.

Seek the Lord with intensity. Cry out to him and he will deliver all you need.

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The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:17-20

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:14

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

PRAYER TO STAY ON TRACK

Oh heavenly Lord,

I know what I must do, but I feel unsteady. I’m tempted to give up. Won’t you help me?

Pour over me, oh Lord, your mercy and goodness. Reveal to my heart once again how much you love me.

Open the memory of my soul. Remind me how Christ came to lift me out of sin and set me free in life.

Give me confidence in the Spirit that guides me and goes before me to cast out the enemy and prepare the way.

Give me a steady mind and courage like steel to face the challenges here, today, now.

Jesus is the Way, The Truth and the Life.

May I follow and glorify him, my King, my Lord.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen.

Prayer to get out of a rut

Feeling down and out? Sometimes the daily grind leaves you with a lights-out feeling. The enemy wants to isolate you and bring you down, but God wants to set you free. Why not get a spiritual jump start?

Getting renewed doesn’t mean you have to be more religious. Instead, it means digging deeper into relationships. First, with Jesus, then with others. So seek activity where you will interact with people and grow. Join a group, get outside, anything… but move forward.

Even if you don’t have much time, you can still be creative. For instance, instead of the same old dinner routine, why not eat by candle-light? Or rather than browsing on your phone, give a friend a surprise call and set up time for coffee. Even small gestures can make a difference. So stop, pray and ask God to open up your creative side. You might be surprised what you discover inside you!

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him.

Genesis 2:20

PRAYER TO GET OUT OF A RUT

Oh merciful Lord,

I feel like I’m stuck, nothing motivates me, everything’s the same. Where is my joy?

Help me change, oh Lord, bring Christ closer to me. He shows me how to see with new eyes and a new heart the wonders you give me.

Let it begin with people, with those I encounter at home and in new places where I can share your Gospel and your love.

Renew my perspective. Show me the fresh brilliance of your glory, oh Lord, in everything everywhere.

May your Holy Spirit renew my soul.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for a clear mind

Who doesn’t want to think more clearly? Some of the things today that cause poor concentration are not enough sleep, lack of exercise and too much time on devices.

Still, sometimes life is just full of responsibility you can’t avoid. In every situation, your intimacy with God makes a difference. When you stop to pray, God helps to organize your thoughts. He even reminds you of things you might have forgotten about. Also, as you pray for upcoming events, the Spirit prepares you to deal with them.

Finally, the closer you are to Jesus, the more confidence you have. In the end, prayer can actually save you time. It enables you to make decisions faster, and it invokes the Spirit to move.

So seek God’s Kingdom. Let the Lord take care of the heavy lifting.

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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.

1 John 4:18

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

Matthew 6:33

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 FOR A CLEAR MIND

Oh loving Lord,

My mind is tangled up. I can’t focus. I’m confused. I need your help, oh Lord.

Send me your Holy Spirit to establish your order. May your Kingdom come and your will be done In my heart, mind and life.

Help me to give up control Into your hands, my Lord.

Let me not be afraid, as you cleanse my soul with the blood of the Lamb of God.

Give me meaning and clarity despite this troubled world.

In Jesus I am steady and free, my spirit at home.

May I focus on heaven, as my Savior comes soon.

I pray for this in Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for strong faith

With or without faith in God, life comes with challenges. But when your faith is strong, you gain a deeper peace and confidence. Plus, the Lord gives you guidance in every area of your life.

We can all benefit from stronger faith, but how do you get it? You don’t have to be a hero. Instead, the sincerity of your heart matters. If you’re looking for easy or magical solutions, you won’t strengthen your faith.

To be strong, you have to eat healthy. The food Jesus fed upon was the will of his Father. God wants us to love, forgive and serve, and Jesus is our example. If you do your best to follow him, there is no doubt your faith will grow stronger.

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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.

2 Corinthians 12:9

For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:40

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.

John 4:34

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 22:36-40

PRAYER FOR A STRONG FAITH

Oh blessed Lord,

I want to praise, honor and glorify you, but my faith is weak.

Help me please, strengthen my faith. Let me give myself up to you.

Teach me, oh Lord, how to love you more, how to love myself more, and how to love others even when it hurts.

Let my faith grow strong in obedience to your teaching to love, serve and forgive.

Reveal to my heart this most excellent way.

I can’t do it alone. May your Spirit to work in me according to your will.

For there I find meaning, there I find feeding for my hungry soul.

I ask in Jesus name,

Amen.