A Prayer For Mouth Control

Q: Why is mouth control so hard? A: Because we’re human.

Years ago I stood in the grocery aisle watching a deaf, mute woman have an absolute fit of rage. She could not speak a word, but the fury coming out of her fingers (and heart) taught me something that day: What spills out of our mouths reveals what is in our hearts.

May God have mercy on my soul. There are days and then there are one of those days. And every time I slip, I not only ask for forgiveness, but for the Lord to clean and transform my heart.

LET’S PRAY:

Lord, please change and fill my heart so that what comes out of my mouth honors You and encourages those around me. Give me a clean heart that is filled with and controlled by Your Spirit. Teach me to be a wise overseer of my mouth, so that when I am tempted to lash out, I can either answer with a soft word ore remain silent. Help me to speak encouraging words of life and truth to those around me. May the words I speak always be a blessing to all who hear them. In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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A Prayer to Be Still

Lord, may my life be counter-cultural as I daily choose to stop all my activities, step away from every distraction, and simply be still. Teach me to rest in Your presence, to rest in the finished work of the cross, and to rest in Your unfailing love.

As I still myself on the inside, help me to breathe in Your peace. Fill my heart with Your supernatural peace that passes all understanding. Calm my heart and emotions. Give me grace to center my heart, my thoughts and my very life on You.

My strong desire is cultivate inner quietness, and to learn to be still—daily—and know that You alone are God. Help me to live a life that is still on the inside, deeply connected to You, so that I can always hear You and walk in the powerful warfare of Your amazing peace.
In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.


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A Prayer to Persevere

Quitting is a tempting option when life is hard; giving up is easy. And yet Scripture tells us that if we will not grow weary in well doing, we will in fact reap at the appointed time.
And that’s the rub. The appointed time is not always our idea of the right time (anyone else feel the same way?). Waiting is hard. Waiting with a good attitude, with our eyes focused on Jesus? Let’s just say that for me, some days are better than others. And yet this verse is a promise our hearts desperately need.

And so we will pray, asking the Lord to give us great grace so we can keep on doing the right thing without growing weary. Whatever you’re enduring? Take heart. God is always with us, He is sovereign, and He is faithfully at work behind the scenes.

This is our hope.

LET’S PRAY:


Lord, I choose to be a woman who perseveres, not a woman who gives up. I will not lose heart or grow weary in well-doing. Help me to keep my focus on You, Lord. Help me to continue to trust You and believe You. Send glimmers of hope to my heart, divine assurances that You are at work behind the scenes. By Your grace I am determined to persevere and will keep standing. Thank you that as I do this, I will reap a good harvest at the appointed time. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.

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Praying About Our Identities

I think it’s something every women struggles with at least occasionally: truly knowing and believing who we are in Christ. 

We struggle with our identities because we know our past, our inner thoughts and our ongoing struggles and failures. And yet Scripture is so clear. God loves us anyway. He created us, treasures us, forgives us, and has given us sparkling fresh and new identities (thank God!).


QUESTION:

What distortions or lies concerning yourself might be embedded in your heart? Do you feel you’ve ever adhered to names the Lord never intended for you (such as Insecure, Unloved, Unknown, Lame, Invisible, Worthless…).

LET’S PRAY:

Lord, help me to protect my thoughts about myself. Help me not to agree with the enemy’s lies or my own inaccurate misperceptions about myself. Please bring healing and freedom to my heart in this area. Whenever I start to think the wrong thing about myself, nudge me by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help me to replace every negative thought with truth. Help me to understand and truly believe that I am Yours, loved, accepted, of great value, and precious in Your sight. Help me to believe that I truly am fearfully and wonderfully made. In the strong name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.


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A Prayer to Trust God More

Lord, please help me to trust You when nothing makes sense. When my heart aches. When everything feels unstable and shaky, may I choose to trust You more. I’m grateful Jesus that You are my solid Rock. You give me the ability to hold myself calm in days of adversity. You give me grace. Your very real presence is peace for my soul, because You are the Prince of Peace! God, I commit my circumstances to You. You are faithful, You are kind, and You are able. 

Thank you for helping me to continue to trust You, today and always. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.
(Psalm 31:14)