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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Prayer to stay centered

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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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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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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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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.

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.