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)

A Prayer to Renew Your Mind


Lord, thank you for renewing my mind. Thank you that as I read your word, which is living and active, I am transformed from the inside out. Thank you for changing my heart and mind and bringing every thought into alignment with your will. 

Thank you that as I read your Word my mind is completely renewed— that old thought patterns are broken and healthy thought patterns are established. I’m grateful that Your truth utterly transforms my mind. In the awesome name of Jesus, Amen.




A Prayer on Anger


Lord,  it’s not my finest moment when I lose it and my anger takes over. I realize anger is unavoidable, but I don’t want to allow anger to control me and lead me into sin. So when anger erupts in my heart, will you give me grace to take a deep breath and invite You into the situation? May Your love, wisdom, peace, and kindness prevail, not anger. Instead of anger controlling me, I will (by Your effusive grace!) choose to yield to Your Holy Spirit.  


Thank you for moving deep in my heart and breaking every stronghold of anger in my life. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.



New Year's Prayer for 2019

My Heavenly Father,

I lift this fresh New Year to You. Lord, I don’t know what this 20219 will bring, but You do. Please guide me, give me wisdom, give me grace, direct me, and most importantly, be with me.

Father may my every step we established by You. Please give me divine connections, divine opportunities, and divine friendships. Help me, by Your grace, to walk in discernment and recognize and move forward into the opportunities You set before me. Lead me to say yes or no according to Your will.

Help me to love you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help me to love others well. Give me ears to hear what Your Spirit is saying to me, and help me to understand and experience Your unfailing love in a fresh and deeper way. Give me a hunger for Your Word and help me to take time to be with You daily.

Protect and cover me and most of all, help me to grow in godly character as I know You more. May I reflect You more accurately in 2019, may my responses be tempered by Your Holy Spirit, and may I grow closer to you daily. Fill me with Your very real presence, Lord, and orchestrate every moment of this year. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.


Great Expectations Verses Christmas Reality

Ahh, the holidays. The time of year when all the extra time we need simply materializes into our schedules, every single thing goes according to plan, all our relatives are happy with not a bicker in sight, and there is peace on earth (and in our homes). 

Not.

No other time of the year places more stress on more people. Yet much of the stress we experience is due to our own unrealistic expectations. We assume all our plans will go off without a hitch. We wrongly anticipate a golden glow around our festivities—around our lives—that simply isn’t realistic. 

Somehow our holiday expectations (and perhaps one too many Hallmark Christmas movies?) prevent us from enjoying our Christmas reality while we’re busy yearning for our Christmas if only. When we realize that our great expectations mindsets can change dramatically by letting go of our unrealistic expectations, we displace stress while making room for authentic peace and joy, and most importantly, gratitude for what we do have. 

On this last week of our five week Christmas prayer journey, let’s ask the Lord to help us face reality, embrace and enjoy what we do have, and allow our hearts to deeply connect with His. Daily.

From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas!

{Let’s Pray}

Father,

You are holy and awesome and mighty! God, I don’t want my holiday expectations to become a barrier that prevents me from enjoying my reality. I don’t want to experience unnecessary stress because of my unrealistic expectations. And I don’t want to yearn for what will never be, or assume everything will always go smoothly simply because it’s Christmas time.

Right now I choose to let go of my expectations, Lord. I give each one to you…even ______. I surrender my expectations of perfection and let go (to the best of my ability) of every unrealistic desire. Thank you for lifting every ounce of stress from my heart and shoulders and filing me with Your authentic peace and joy. Give me grace for the inevitable hard moments. Help me to deal with my current reality equipped with your wisdom and peace. Instead of yearning for perfection, help me to cultivate a thankful heart. May my eyes be open to the many ways You do bless me, so my heart will overflow with gratitude. Help my heart connect deeply with yours, Lord. Daily. In the awesome name of Jesus, Amen. 


Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) (NLT)