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.
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.
PRAYER TO LEAVE NEGATIVITY BEHIND
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRAYER FOR NEW COPING SKILLS
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.
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.
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.
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
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.”
PRAYER TO GO ALL IN FOR THE LORD
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!
What does it mean to be a prayer warrior? It’s not about heroics, and it’s not about showing off either. A prayer warrior is someone who has been broken and restored to health by God.
Jesus was the greatest prayer warrior of all time. We must follow his example and emphasis of prayer. We might have a different focus from time to time, but the essence of how Christ prayed should be the same. His priority was always about relationships–with his Father, with his Biblical time disciples, and with his Body now.
Remember, spiritual combat is much more than just praying forcefully against evil. It’s also about your life testimony–in public and in private. The Spirit wins victories in every area of your life. Trust in this process and fight the good fight.
A special shout-out to all the prayer warriors who contribute faithfully to this site. Jan, Jean, Colin, Suzanne, Boni, and Mia… may God pour out his abundant grace and blessings over you all. Thank you!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
PRAYER FOR THE PRAYER WARRIOR
O heavenly Lord,
Here I am in your presence. I am your faithful servant. You saved my life & soul forever with your love.
I invoke your Holy Spirit, O Lord. In the name of my Savior Jesus, I call out to the Father. Rise up, O Lord! Rise up!
Give me strength & clarity in Christ. May the blood of the Lamb protect me, my family and my community. Send your mighty Spirit to drive the enemy far into the abyss.
Unify your Church, O Lord. One Body. One Blood. One Spirit. Reach out to us, transform us. May we testify to Christ resurrected from whom all good things come.
Pour out your abundant grace to go forward to renew & save. Heal the wounded. Free the slaves. Let them taste of your goodness. May many come and kneel at the throne of the Son of God to give him glory, honor & praise.
Are you feeling like you can’t move forward? Does it seem like your life is stuck? Sometimes the limits you experience happen due to unresolved issues in your interior life.
In many cases, we put the limits on ourselves. We might be afraid to open up and look inside. But if you take a leap of faith and trust God, his generosity will pour out over you.
Spend some time alone with God. Don’t put it off anymore. Make it a priority, and don’t be in a hurry. Let him reveal the things your soul needs to be healthy and free. Then live joyfully in his abundant grace.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL ABUNDANCE
O blessed Lord,
I’m tired of being stuck in the same place. I feel trapped & confined. Will you help me, O Lord? I seek your newness, here, now.
Pour out your Spirit over me, bring me calm and peace, quiet my insecurity and fear. I open myself up to you.
Take me, O Lord, to a spacious place. Where I don’t have to perform or pretend. Bring me, O Lord, close to you. Set me free.
Enter my heart here and now. When your Spirit comes to me there is no more fear. The limits of my sin and shame are removed by your mercy.
I am free to breathe and grow. I am free to love and be loved again, as I know and receive the abundant love of Christ.
Grant me your overflowing grace, O loving Lord. Always lead me back to you.
Are you facing a challenge, and you feel like you don’t measure up to the task? Or maybe you face complex family issues. You try your best, but there’s so much beyond your reach. You might even feel like a failure.
Falling short is a universal human experience. Nobody can do it all. And sometimes, even when we try our best, we make a mess.
If we ask for God’s help, two incredible things happen. First, he begins to work on the situation. His solutions and timing might not be exactly what we had in mind, but with time, we understand his ways. Second, he works on us to trust him more. We learn to work with him, guided by the Spirit. And we learn to be more humble since we see how much we depend on God.
So in life’s struggles, let God fill in the gaps, both near and far. Instead of seeking specific results or perfection, seek the presence of the Lord. Be not afraid… trust and believe!
Is your prayer life narrow or wide open? Sometimes the way we pray reveals our spiritual focus. If you are always just asking for things, you’re missing a big part of your relationship with God.
Think about it. When you interact with a person, and all you do is ask for favors, then the dialog is limited. This means you don’t fully know the other person. The same thing happens in your relationship with the Lord. It’s important to explore and develop different ways of communication. Praise and worship are essential to this process.
So tell God how great he is. Tell him how much you love him and thank him. Let him know how much you value your faith and the work Jesus did for you on the cross. Show in adoration how much you depend on God. Open your heart up to his Spirit, and watch your heart grow. This is the way to greater courage and lasting love.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. n his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
PRAYER OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
O blessed Lord,
I seek your presence now. I invoke your Spirit to guide me to open myself up to you in my praise and worship.
When I was lost and wounded, you found me. You healed me. You forgave me and restored me. So many times you have held me in your hand. You work wonders in my soul.
Holy is your name, O Lord. You are love and all glory is yours. You are faith and hope to me. Nowhere else can I find your promise of eternal life. Nowhere else can I open myself without fear and without shame.
You know me, inside and out. I give it all up to you, O Lord. You cleanse me. You purify me. You make me whole.
O loving Lord, your sweet mercy brings great joy to this weary soul. I praise you. I adore you. You are my Lord, my God.
We’re all finding it difficult to stay steady these days. There’s just too much to worry about it seems, right? Well it might be time to dial down your focus. It’s not that you don’t care, but you can’t fix all the problems of this world.
Refocus on what you can change. Place your attention where it’s needed most. Your family, work, church, and friendships. Don’t withdraw from and neglect these spaces. If you’re feeling hopeless and helpless, know that in these core areas you can make a huge impact.
If you’re confused and seeking truth, go back to the Gospel. Nourish yourself with the truth that speaks to your heart. Jesus died for you. He forgives you and loves you. He rose from the dead. Christ will come again. Believe. Trust. Be solid and move forward.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”
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.”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
PRAYER TO STAY STEADY AND SOLID
O merciful Lord,
Life was already hard enough and now there’s much more trouble. The world is in such turmoil. What can I do, O Lord? Where can I go?
Rise up, O Lord, rise up! In the name of Jesus Christ strike down the evil one with your mighty hand. Free me from my worry & fear.
Show me again, O Lord, as you have so many times, that your Spirit guides me to face even the toughest trial. Give me courage & clarity. May my faith and hope shine even more intensely as Jesus Christ is forever my King.
Every moment, every task lived in faith is a victory. Keep me steady, keep me sharp. By your Spirit I remain solid. Upon your Word, I stand firm. I will not be moved from the Rock that is Jesus Christ my Lord.