A prayer for justice and vengeance

Oh, Lord God of love and vengeance, 

You uphold the cause of the fatherless and widows.
You put the orphans in families.
You release those imprisoned by sin into freedom.
You bring justice for the abused.
You feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
You sit with the lonely.
You heal the sick.
You remember the abandoned.
You lift up the fallen.
You embrace the unloved.

You are all we need.
Always and forever.
You are everything we could ever long for, 
hope for,
or strive for.

No, you are more than that.
I praise you and believe in you 
that you will serve justice and give hope to _________
as he/she fights against the evil forces that come against his/her life.
I pray for God's Holy Spirit to pour out like fire from heaven 
on ___________ and the needs sitting before him/her.

Decimate the evil that pushes in
and the enemy that sows doubt, fear, and worry.
I pray against the Liar of all lies,
against his forces of evil
and against the people who allow the enemy to work in them and through them.

If they will not…

Thank you for being my Rock

Thank you, Lord.

You are so good.
All the time,
in every situation,
you have our best at heart.
Your love motivates you to move mountains
and change cultures
so that more people can search you and find you.

Thank you for your protection from this virus.
Thank you for our homes, schools, friends, church,
and virtual possibilities that much of the world can't access.
Thank you for healthcare professionals and modern medicine.

We are so fortunate.
So blessed.
And so easily frustrated.
Forgive me for my selfishness.

I want to revel in your goodness
and in the faith that you make all things whole.
You bring good out of a messy world
and glory from disaster.

I praise you and trust you.
You are my Rock.

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."--Psalm 19:14

Prayer against COVID-19 illness

Lord God,

You are the God who Heals.
You can stop this virus whenever you want.

Lord, I don't want to interfere in your larger plan
but could you slow down the path of this virus?

Would you please in your mercy,
protect the old from getting sick?

Would you guard the children as they try to do school?
Would you give parents grace, patience, and safety from getting sick?

Lord, give the medical personnel strength to resist the illness,
patience to tend to the sick,
and time to recover?

Make this virus die out quickly.
Reduce its reach.
Let all those who know you rejoice and praise your name.
Convict Christians who are being rude, selfish, bigoted, or judgmental
to close their mouths and repent before you.
Help those who follow you to be shining examples of love and mercy in action.

May the whole world feel your love through the actions of your people.
We give you praise and honor for your healing power
and your relentless pursuit of those who don't know you.

In Jesus' name,

Prayer for Coronavirus and the fear that goes with it

Dear Lord,

You are not worried.
You are not uninterested.
You still wrap your hands around your children and draw us
even when events seem to say otherwise.

Give us peace, comfort, and healing
during this time of physical and emotional unrest.

Heal those affected by the virus.
Multiply the time, effort, and supplies of those in the healthcare industry.
I pray that people will safeguard themselves,
respect others,
and be patient with all the turbulence and unrest caused by
a pandemic.

I pray for all who worry and suffer to search for you
while you can be found.

Lord, may we be found by you.
You are good,
you are merciful,
you are gracious,
you are forgiving,
and you are healing.

Heal our wounds--
the ones inside our hearts,
where we stray from you
and live for ourselves,
by ourselves.

Most of all, we need healing from fear.
I pray for your love to consume us.
Love drives fear away
because there is no fear in love.

Whatever you do with viruses, work, and finances, 
we love and trust you.
In Jesus' name,

Understanding myself is messy

Lord God,

I've been upset about something for awhile
and I've prayed for clarity and wisdom.
I have not been able to figure out what to do or why something has happened.

You gave me clarity.
You sorted the mess with me.
I inquired of you,
I sought counsel,
and I opened myself up to the possibility 
that I was mistaken and defensive,
that my conclusions were incorrect.

You helped me humble myself.
You gave me insight.
You spoke.

I wonder how many times I miss what you're saying because I'm so sure that I'm right?
Instead of seeking wisdom and perspective,
I look for someone to agree with me.
I seek validation.
I seek vindication.
I see a mess even though you've drawn a clear path to knowing you better.

I am so proud.
I wonder at your willingness to forgive and direct me.
Thank you.
I am awed by your mercy and grace,
as well as your forgiveness
and your continued pursuit to use me.

Every time I learn something new about myself,
I learn something new about you.

I adore you.
In Jesus' humb…

Thank you for the break

Oh, Lord,

I'm taking off for two days.
I don't want to take off from you.
I want to lean into your Spirit,
enjoy your world,
fellowship with your daughters.

I feel my heart settling down in happy silence
and peacefulness.

Thank you for creating a beautiful world for me to enjoy.
Thank you for friends.
Thank you for mental and emotional breaks.

Refresh me.
You are my majestic mountaintop,
my vast ocean,
my fragrant garden,
my lush meadow,
my quiet forest,
my rushing river.

You are in everything
and you sustain everything,
including me.

I praise you
and thank you.

"He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul."
--Psalm 23:3

Forgive me for not trusting You

Dear Lord,

Please forgive me.
I'm having control issues.
(You already know this.)

They come from trust issues.
(You know that, too.)

I believe that I trust you.
But then I find myself stressing
and worrying
and wondering
how you're going to make everything work,
as if that's in question.

You know how I secretly pray for trust--
I pray for trust,
and I wait to praise you after you make everything all right.
That's not faith.
It's not trust.

Oh, Lord,
I need your strength.
I am too weak,
too self-absorbed,
too afraid.
I want to trust you completely.

I confess my faithlessness to you.
You are the answer.
I know that.
You know my past, present, and future.
You aren't upset with me,
disappointed with me,
or frustrated with me.
You're not worried about what I will do
or not do,
what I believe or don't believe.

You know that I am dust,
and yet I'm also a masterpiece,
according to you.

I don't understand it.
Or you.
But I trust you.
I really want to tru…