Category Archives: Prayer

A Prayer for Being Still and Trusting God to Fight for Us

     Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex. 14:12-14 (NIV)

     Dear heavenly Father, fear and can really do a number on us. I totally get how your children could prefer returning to a life of slavery in Egypt over trusting you in the wilderness of the unknown. I’ve often felt a similar temptation to choose a known brokenness over the promise of unseen beauty. Help my unbelief as I face different battles and skirmishes in life. Help me to be still and trust that you will fight for me.

     Father, I’m not facing the threat of Egyptian soldiers (thankfully). Often my biggest battles are within my own heart. You tell me of your great love for me in Jesus—which I really believe is true, yet too often I look to people to validate me, as though your delight in me is not enough. Continue to free me from my love of the approval of man.

     Many times I battle with trusting you with the hearts of others—people I love. I resort to ineffective ways of manipulating, spiritualizing, or trying to “fix” people. It …

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A Prayer for Gazing Upon the Beauty of the LORD

     One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

Dear heavenly Father, it’s only through the gospel of your grace that I’ve come to know you to be a beautiful God. Before then, your loveliness was veiled to me, mostly by the darkness of my unbelief. But now, your splendor outshines the sun; your excellences stagger my imagination; and your kindness melts my heart.

I see your beauty in the things you have made. Open my eyes wider, Father. Grant me jaw-dropping wonder as I come even more alive to your fingerprints everywhere—your great artistry and the joy you experienced creating a world that loudly declares your glory.

I see your beauty in people—all kinds of people, in every person, if I take time to look. Oh, Father, continue to heal my vision of people. Though we are all broken, yet as your image bearers, each of us reveals glimmers and glimpses of your loveliness. Forgive me when I see anybody’s brokenness to the exception of their beauty—your beauty in them.

I see your beauty in Jesus. Indeed, Father, I have come to behold your beauty most expressly and fully in Jesus. No one has ever seen you completely—in the fullness of your glory and being; but Jesus, your Son, at your side, has made …

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A Prayer for Resting in Jesus’ Commitment to Save Us Completely

     Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Heb. 7:24-26 (NIV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, this Scripture is like a 72-degree no-humidity, cloudless, deep blue-sky day—it’s perfect.  What joy, peace, and gratitude we have knowing of your commitment to completely save us.

     Because of your finished work, all of our sins have already been forgiven; and we’ve been declared righteous in God’s sight. Your banner over us is love, and your desire for us is constant. We’ve become God’s inheritance—his beloved treasure and children, and we’ve been made co-heirs with you of the new heaven and new earth. Who can measure such a spectacular standing in grace?

     Because of your constant intercession, we have perpetual advocacy before the Father. All of your prayers for us are perfect, and all of them will be answered. Though Satan’s attacks are constant, your love and care for us are even more unremitting, and they trump everything he throws at us. Your active, passionate, effectual intercession is one of the greatest encouragements in our lives.

     Because of your imminent return for us, we live with hope and certainty. Abba, Father will complete the work of salvation in us—for from beginning to end, salvation is of the Lord. One Day …

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A Prayer for Bringing Hurting Friends to the Throne of Grace

     Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need Heb. 4:15-16 (NIV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, with joy and confidence we run to the occupied throne of grace today on behalf of many friends. No one understands and empathizes with our weaknesses like you; and no one has the ability to dispense copious amounts of mercy and grace, like you. You are, indeed, a most wonderful, merciful Savior. Hear our cry for our friends.

     We pray for parents nearing the end of their strength, resources, and hope. Few stories have the power to exhaust our emotions and multiply our heartaches than when our kids choose to live without boundaries or a conscience. Jesus, grant great mercy and sufficient grace to moms and dads who are living the nightmare of watching their children self-destruct. And Lord of resurrection power, reveal yourself, to our kids who seem allergic to your grace and love.

     We pray for friends who feel helplessly, and frustratingly, distant from you, Jesus—those who still affirm the gospel with their …

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A Prayer for Resting in the Sovereignty of God

     “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ’What do you mean by doing these things?’ Daniel 4:34-35 (NLT)

     Dear heavenly Father, like Nebuchadnezzar, I am never more sane than when I am worshiping you and acknowledging your sovereignty. I am so very thankful that you are God, and I am not. Forgive me when I think less of you, and otherwise of me.

     I am grateful that you do as you please, and not as we often beg you to do. Indeed, Father, I’ve lived long enough to praise you for some of the “No’s” I’ve received to prayers for which I desperately wanted a “Yes”. You do all things well, not easy; but in time, you will make all things beautiful. Give me grace to wait for that Day, Father.

     Help me to trust your heart when I cannot see your hand at work. Forgive me for thinking I need to draw certain international crises and personal situations to your attention, as though you’re not aware, or worse, as though you don’t care. Thank you, Father, …

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A Prayer for Connecting with the Hope of the Gospel

     Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Eph. 1:15-18 (NLT)

     Dear heavenly Father, I begin this day with a rousing “Amen!” to this prayer Paul prayed for his dear friends in Ephesus. Me, too, Lord, me too—open the eyes of my heart that I might see more of your beauty, glory, and grace. For the better I know you, the less I stay preoccupied with me. Indeed, the more robust my relationship is with you, the deeper my joy is, the quicker my repentances become, and the more ready I am to love and serve others.

     Yes, Father, flood my heart with insight into hope that you have secured for us as your children—a living hope, a hope of glory, an anchor of certainty in a world of ebbing and flowing chaos. For as surely as you have called us to yourself, you have called us to hope. You have subpoenaed our souls to peace, encouragement, and assurance. Thank you, …

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A Prayer for Perspective When We Are Suffering

     Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isa. 43:1-2 (NIV)

     And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Pet. 5:10 (ESV) 

     I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Rom. 8:18 (NIV)

     Dear heavenly Father, thank you, so many times over, for the way you come to us in your Word. You don’t merely give us “verses to claim”, you reveal yourself as a Father to know—a Father who loves and cares for us, so much more than we realize.

     Today, in particular, thank you for validating our sufferings, and for pledging yourself to us in our hard places and broken stories. There is no name that you call us that is any more precious to us than, “Mine.” We are honored to be yours, and relish everything belonging to you implies.

     Father, you say to us, not “if”, but “when” we pass through deep waters and rushing rivers, you will be with us. Thank you for being upfront about life between the resurrection and return of Jesus. There will be, and there are difficult seasons and …

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A Prayer of Fresh Encouragement and Grace

     May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thess. 2:16-17 (ESV) May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thess. 3:5 (NIV) May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16 (NLT)

     Dear heavenly Father, with palms turned upward, we receive these words of encouragement and grace as this day begins. Thank you for anticipating every challenging situation before us today; and for knowing every fear and uncertainty of our hearts; and for staying so faithfully committed to bless, care, and nourish us.

     But we don’t only need comfort for ourselves, but for those with whom we walk. May the mercy you lavish on us in Jesus, run like a stream of kindness through us to others. Father, grant us words of healing and hope for friends in various stages of overwhelm-ment and stress. Love through us to your glory.

     Indeed, direct our hearts into more of your love and the perseverance of Jesus; for it is out of the overflow of your love for us that we have the resources to care for the people you’ve placed in our lives. As much as we already know of your love, show us even more, Father. Dazzle and delight …

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A Prayer for Abiding in Jesus’ Love

     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:9-11(ESV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, how can it be? How is it possible that you love us as the Father loves you? With unfettered joy, the fullness of affection, and a deluge of delight. We believe, help our unbelief

     Jesus, to abide in your love is a command we’ll gladly keep. As a fish swims the depths of the Pacific Ocean and an eagle soars the heights of the Alaska skyline, so shall we seek to abide in your love. It was your obedience that earned the fullness of God’s love for us, and it’s our obedience that frees us to enjoy every good thing we have in you.

     Because you have perfectly fulfilled the law for us, God’s commands are no longer a burden to us (1 John 5:3). By them we understand how to love as you love us; how to live at the pace of grace, instead of at the race for more; how to steward our freedom, instead of squandering our moments. Hallelujah, we’re not under the weight and condemnation of the law, we’re in you and under grace (Rom. 6:14). Hallelujah, we’ve been set free from …

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A Prayer for Reaffirming Our Love for Jesus

     I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 2 Cor. 11:1-3 (NLT)

     Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. Eph. 6:24 (NIV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, whether overtly or covertly, Satan is always seeking to steal the affections of my heart away from you. And when he is successful, everything else in my life gets out of balance. I start thinking of myself either too highly or too lowly, and certainly too often; I take criticism too personally and I feed on complements like chocolate.

     When I get distracted from my main calling (and privilege) of communing with and adoring you, I medicate my pain in unhealthy ways and get busy with things that don’t really matter; I get irritated quicker and repent slower; I’m more susceptible to fears and more likely to sin. None of this bodes well. All of these things rob me and others of grace, but worse, they rob you of glory.

     So as this day begins, and continues, I reaffirm that my greatest joy in life is being known, loved, and enjoyed by you. I love you, Jesus, …

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