Prayer to open your heart

When you open your heart to someone, you take a risk. You could get hurt, right?

But if you keep your heart closed,  what happens? It gets cold and hard.

There is one place where you can open your heart without risk — in the presence of God. The Lord is pure health and goodness. He will never condemn anyone who seeks his mercy and love.

Jesus makes your heart strong and healthy. Go to him. Open your heart. Then have the courage to go out into the world to feel again and to love more.

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Prayer to open your heart

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I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26

PRAYER TO OPEN YOUR HEART

O blessed Lord,

I carry my wounds deep inside. Can I hide them even from you? How long will I hurt? How lonely is my heart?

Help me, O Lord, to trust you. You gave me Jesus, your only Son. Innocent. Faithful. Pure. What further proof do I need? The love of God has no limit.

In the wounds of Christ I am safe and secure. Nothing in my heart, nothing in my past, no amount of shame or sorrow can extinguish the mercy of God. You show me tenderly your great care for me.

So let me open up my heart in that place of sacred trust & safety. In Jesus, there is no condemnation. By the blood of Christ I am free.

May your grace rush in, O Lord. Make me whole and healthy, to trust more, to love more. As I am loved beyond all measure.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer to pray more

Never underestimate the importance of prayer. Prayer puts you into direct contact and communion with God.

Some people struggle to have a consistent prayer life, but stick to it. It’s worth it. The benefits are realized in your everyday life and your interior life.

God loves it when you pray to him! Jesus knew this, and he needed this.

Discover why a life of prayer is so wonderful. Put in the time and effort. You won’t be sorry. Instead, you will be full of joy.

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35

PRAYER TO PRAY MORE

O merciful Lord,

I seek your presence. Here I am. Speak to me. Grant me your grace. Pour out your Spirit over me.

O loving Lord, give me the desire and will to pray more. Break down the barriers in my heart that tell me I don’t need you.

Instead, show me again how your love nourishes me. You bring me peace, and your Spirit gives me clarity. Guide and teach me, O Lord, to be faithful in my prayer life.

Place in my heart the deep desire to seek the presence of God. Let me be like Jesus, who needed his Father. Lead me to a secret place to pray. There you reveal your truths. Show me your mysteries.

Plant your love into my heart. In prayer, may I be transformed to be more like Christ, my Lord.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for true freedom

We all want freedom, don’t we?

Yes, we must defend our earthly freedom and rights, but no person, government, or life situation can set your soul free.

Once you find true freedom, what will you do with it?

Freedom is fully expressed in actions and attitudes. If you keep your freedom all for yourself, you become a slave to selfishness. If you share it, many more will be set free.

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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

PRAYER FOR TRUE FREEDOM

O blessed Lord,

Every soul wants to be free, but lies and chains try to tie me down. What can I do?

Spirit of God, tell it to me again in the soft whisper of your Word. I am forgiven. I am loved. Sin & death defeated, I am free by the blood Christ.

Show me what it means then to be free. What shall I do? Show me Lord that in Christ I am free to give, serve and love more.

Jesus gives me courage & clarity. Christ brings me hope & peace. He restores the lost & lonely.

I will fight in the name of my Lord with justice, mercy & love. I fight freely, joyously. I proclaim your holy name.

The battle will be waged in prayer, the conquest of my soul complete. All victory leads me back to God.

I am free forever more!

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for true confidence

It’s harder than ever to be confident these days. We live in such an unpredictable world. Where can you find security and stability?

If you seek inner peace in people or circumstances, eventually you’ll be let down. No person or situation is perfect. And nobody is 100% self-sufficient.

When everything else is stripped away, and all recognizable structures begin to crumble… it’s time to return to the Lord. If you go to him, trusting with all your heart, you will discover a heavenly, supernatural confidence.

Immerse yourself in his Word and his truths. Be united with your church community. Go back to your Creator and regain what was lost. Find your strength again in Christ.

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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

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

PRAYER FOR TRUE CONFIDENCE

O merciful Lord,

You know me and see me. You can read my heart. Things are changing so fast. Nothing is stable or secure.

Help me, O Lord, to regain my trust & confidence. As the world trembles in fear, I am shown again & again, no lasting security comes from the promises of man.

Only One was willing to go to the cross for me. Only One shed his blood to save my soul & set me free. Only One was innocent and faithful to the end.

Against all the chaos & conflict I have only one thing: my faith in Christ Jesus.

His love drives out all fear. God’s Kingdom brings order to my mind, heart & soul.

Against all odds, Jesus lives. Against all odds, I am at home.

Nothing can separate me from the love of God.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer to strengthen core roles

What are the most important roles in your life? When you feel stretched thin or lost, go back to these. Reevaluate how you cultivate and nourish these roles.

The key is in the relationships. Just like Jesus spent quality time with his Father, we too must invest quality time in our relationships–with God and with others.

Reestablish your core roles and bring order to your life. It brings calm to the storm. It also helps you see if you’re neglecting someone.

Go back. Return to the roles and relationships that matter. Nothing is more important.

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Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

John 1:12

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 12:48-50

PRAYER TO STRENGTHEN CORE ROLES

O blessed Lord,

I’m feeling pulled apart. Too many voices distract and demand my attention. Return me to my center, O Lord. Bring me back to Christ.

In the name of Jesus, I reject the lies of the enemy trying to break my relationships. Place in me, O Lord, a loyal heart. Like Jesus, make me faithful & brave.

Show me how to find rest in my identity as a child of God. There I am complete. There I am solid and strong.

Establish your Kingdom within me. Show me my true responsibilities in every aspect of service and love.

Times are tough now, but your promises are eternal. God’s Word is the final word. Lift me up again, O Lord, and send me to proclaim your truth.

God is love. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for a fierce heart

There are so many broken hearts these days. There’s so much anger, pain, and sorrow. Where can you find strength again?

The strong, fierce heart is not a hard heart of stone. Instead, it’s open and ready to give. To love. True fierceness in the Lord follows the example of Jesus Christ. And those who have been given much, will love much. Those who have tasted God’s abundant grace will not be afraid. Stand firm and look forward to the coming dawn.

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I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:8

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

PRAYER FOR A FIERCE HEART

O merciful Lord,

I’m struggling right now. I hurt inside, but I can’t stop. Life moves on. Many depend on me. What happens if I crumble? What happens if I fail?

Your promises are eternal, O Lord. Sometimes with my head I don’t get it. I get scared. But my heart knows full well as the heart cannot deny a love so pure as the love of my Lord.

With you, I know I’ll move ahead. Sometimes I’ll stumble, even fall. But you’ll fill in the gaps. You’ll lift me up off the floor and give me rest in the sacred wounds of Christ.

Beyond my faults & fragility, give me a fierce heart, O Lord. A heart broken open long ago to let you in. A heart that clings to you with all it’s might. Never letting go of hope. Never giving up on love.

I pray for this, trusting in you,

in Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for the powerless

Go. Find them. They are closer than you think. Someone is having a tough time right now.

Pray for them faithfully, but don’t stop there. Lift them up. Be a friend and helper too.

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:3-5

PRAYER FOR THE POWERLESS

O loving Lord,

The world hurts so much now. The desire for power is inflamed more than ever. And the poor & meek suffer, now more than ever. What can be done, O Lord?

Reveal once again to my heart when Jesus came to me. It was when I was broken, wounded and ashamed. Your loving mercy broke open my heart, and your Spirit rushed in.

Let me remember how I was powerless to save myself. But you restored me. You lifted me up.

Pour out your restoration, O Lord. Send your Holy Spirit in abundance. The poor, the meek, and those who mourn, draw them closer to Christ.

Pour out your mercy, send us your grace. We’re all broken and need healing. We all need a Savior. We all need you, O Lord.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for when you are overwhelmed

Covering too many bases these days? Lots of fires to put out? Or maybe you have complex, long-term responsibilities piling up.

One of the reasons you might feel overwhelmed (besides having tons to do) could be due to scattered thoughts. You mind bounces around trying to solve too many things at once, and it’s exhausting.

God is not only the creator of life, he’s also the organizer of your life. Ask him to bring his order to your thoughts. This allows you to stay focused and save energy.

Cry out to the Lord. Show him how hard it is for you. Let him reveal to you a more heavenly way to see things. Be lifted up by the Spirit of God. He will give you calm and strength to continue.

Do it all for our Lord Jesus Christ. Do it all for love.

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On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

Mark 4:4:35-41

PRAYER FOR WHEN YOU ARE OVERWHELMED

O merciful Lord,

So many tasks & worries, everything pulls at me, pushing me past my limits. I feel an explosion inside. How much more can I take?

Call me back to you, O Lord. Bring me out the wilderness, away from the chaos. Even during a storm Jesus slept, as he knew his Father loved him.

So even now, as I feel completely overwhelmed, may your Word guide me. May your Spirit give me clarity and strength.

In Jesus name, cast out the enemy far from me.

You see me as I am, O Lord. I wait and rest in you. This moment too shall pass, but your love is eternal, your Kingdom everlasting.

May I rest with Jesus in the loving arms of our Father, in thy Kingdom come.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for courage to do the right thing

When you face a tough decision, sometimes the right choice is the hard choice. Sometimes it’s much harder. Still, if you compromise your values, it’s never without consequences.

The Christian life is counter-cultural. You might sometimes be seen as odd for doing things “the hard way.” But how much is it worth to sleep well at night knowing you’ve gone the extra mile to do the right thing?

Even if you’ve been making moral compromises for a while, it’s never too late to turn things around. It doesn’t have to happen all at once. Take a step in the right direction. Take a stand. Ask God to back you up. And walk the walk of Christ. It’s the walk that leads to life.

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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14

PRAYER FOR COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING

O heavenly Lord,

I feel like I’m being torn apart. I know what’s right, but it won’t be easy. Not at all. I admit it. I’m afraid. Won’t you help me?

Reveal to me, O Lord, your way. Show me the firm, solid path. It may not be easy, but it’s where Jesus walks. He’s right there next to me. And when the climb gets steep my Lord will lift me. Carry me. For this weak and fragile soul can’t do it alone.

I trust and lean on you. Build my courage to face the day. Let it not fill me with pride, instead may I be humbled knowing that in some small way I imitate Christ.

My Lord Jesus held nothing back as it was all for love. May I too go to the cross, be driven by love, and give glory to God.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Prayer to be made new again

Feeling broken or worn out? Many of us are these days. Part of this is because we lack a sense of security. Lots of people claim to be able to give us peace, but in the end we still feel uneasy.

The pressure of the world, our wounds, and our mistakes can all bring us down hard. The struggle to get back up again is not easy. Are you trying to do it all by yourself?

God’s way of restoring you is truly incredible. Things might not change on the outside, but on the inside it can be fresh and new. His Holy Spirit reveals a different way to see your reality. It’s not about resting in a fantasy or something temporary. Instead, it’s gaining understanding about eternal truths.

You are loved by God. Go to him and be made new again.

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And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment. He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.

Revelation 21:5-7

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3

PRAYER TO BE MADE NEW AGAIN

O blessed Lord,

I don’t want to be fooled or distracted. The world offers me peace & security, but it can’t.

Tell it to my soul again, O Lord: All I need is Jesus.

Show me once again how much you loved me that you gave me your Son. Your only Son. Innocent. Holy.

Faithful Christ almighty.

Reveal to my heart again a love so deep and strong that it casts out all fear & doubt. It’s not about an easy life, no. It’s about my soul safe with God no matter what may come.

So I’ll lift my head and do my best. And even if my best isn’t good enough you’re there for me. You’ll pick up the broken pieces.

Even broken, in Christ I rise up. I am a beloved child of God. He makes me new again.

In Jesus name,

Amen.