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You can have all of me

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Lord,


You can have all of me.
My self-image,
my dreams,
my family,
my career,
my pain,
my fear,
my plans, 
my secret places.

I surrender.
All of it.
I give it to you.

It belongs to you, anyway,
because I belong to you.

I don't know why I keep pulling this all back on me.
It weighs me down,
clouds my thinking,
discourages and scares me.
I am weary from the burden of it.

You want to carry it for me.
You want to carry me.

So you can have me back again.
Again and again
and every time I forget and pull this all on myself.
Again and again.

I love you.
I trust you.

I need you.

Amen.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”--Matthew 11:28-30

For more prayers about this, click below:
"When you want to quit praying"
"What to pray when you feel yourself shutting down"
"Show me where I'm holding back your s…

3 Prayers for your child's teacher

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Teaching is a difficult, exciting, and taxing profession. It requires both emotive and logical perspectives, tenacity and patience. Firmness and empathy. Long days and long nights of uncompensated self-sacrifice. Teachers need your prayers and support to do their jobs well. Here are some ideas: 


Dear Lord,
Give my child's teacher encouragement today.
Help her/him connect with all the students,
model unconditional love,
realize the importance of teaching and molding lives.
Remind him/her to take the long look,
past homework and tests,
past student squabbles,
into the future where these children--
including mine--
become responsible, thoughtful, caring adults.
Help him/her be proud of that accomplishment.
Amen.


Dear Lord, 
Give my child's teacher discernment and wisdom in handling crises in the classroom.
Give him/her boldness to champion the outcast
and mercy in punishing the foolish.
Help him/her eliminate injustice and teach kindness.
I pray for a generous spirit, a willingness to reach out, a …

A prayer for teachers

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Dear Lord Jesus,

You are the great Teacher.
You opened minds,
explained truth,
challenged cultural norms,
welcomed questions,
defended the outcasts,
championed justice,
presented absolute truth
with absolute grace and mercy.

You loved the unlovable.
You confronted the arrogant.
You encouraged the weak.
You comforted the grieving.

You were the ultimate Teacher.
This is my wish,
my goal,
my calling--
to recognize those that need a gracious word,
to challenge those whose minds are made up.
To call students to a greater work than they have ever imagined.
(Click here to read "The Abolition of Man: i.e. The end of real education")

Mold me into the kind of teacher you are,
as much as possible.
Give me your wisdom to recognize need,
to see beyond the subject material and personalities.

Help me see people like you see them.
Make me an instrument of your love and grace this year.
(Click here to read "Believe, love, learn: how thinking like a child could change your life.")

In Jesus' name,
Amen.


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How to pray for the fruits of the Spirit (and understand what they are)

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Dear Lord,

I need the fruit of your Holy Spirit,
the evidence that you are working in my life
and producing works that are honoring you.

Give me love like yours that doesn't see status, race, gender, intelligence, economics, politics, personality, age, or sinfulness. Help me just love souls like you love souls. This is not a gift so much as it is a decision. Help me decide to love like you. (Click here to read "Why love hurts.")

Fill me with joy at being in relationship with you. This, I think, is also a decision. Help me decide to choose joy and thankfulness for any and every situation, to have the faith that you are present and you will accomplish good in me and through me. Your will and timing are always best. Remind me not to chase after happiness because that is fleeting. Joy lasts. (Click here to read "Handling joy and grief at the holidays.")

Help me seek peace over safety, security, and being proven right. Convict me when my decisions and actions are mo…

Prayer for the first day of school

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Dear Father,

Wrap your arms around my children on their first day of school.
Turn anxiety into excitement.
Turn fear into courage.
Turn embarrassment into eagerness.
Turn shyness into hospitality.
(Read "How to Help Your Children Walk Away" here.)

Continue to transform them into the image of Jesus,
who loves everyone,
accepts everyone,
and stands for truth.
(Read "A Prayer for your College Student" here.)

I pray for the Holy Spirit to speak unimpeded into their hearts and souls,
to convict, question, confirm, and encourage.
Teach them truth, even midst untruth.
Show them inclusion, even midst exclusion.
Help them distinguish acceptance from tolerance
and innocence from ignorance.
(Read "4 Values Moms Need This School Year" here.)

Mold them into your image--
a person of grace, truth, and love.
(Read "Specific Things to Pray over your Children" here.)

Protect their hearts and minds from the enemy of their souls,
which means teaching them to guard them…

Spirit of God, Overwhelm my children

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Spirit of God,

Overwhelm my children with your Presence.
Cover them with your perspective.

(Read "A Daily Prayer for your Children" here.)

Infiltrate every aspect of their lives,
into their media,
their relationships,
their classrooms,
their fun time,
their family time.

When they see injustice,
remind them to turn to you for answers.
When they feel afraid,
pull them into your protective embrace.
When they feel tempted,
whisper truth into their minds and hearts.
When they feel alone,
surround them with your continual Presence.
When they feel overwhelmed,
bolster their courage in the God who has conquered everything.
When they feel lost,
guide them back to your will, your calling, and your people.
When they sin,
convict and restore them to relationship with the Father.

(Read "A Prayer for my child's safety" here.)

Lord, be an ever-present Friend and Comforter,
the first place they turn in the morning, 
and the last place they turn at night.
No matter what happens during their days,
I pray fo…

Prayer to guard my emotions because my kids are leaving

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Dear Lord,


You know I've got a big couple of weeks coming up. 
My children are leaving the nest in a variety of ways. 
Whether first time, second time, or last time--it doesn't really matter.
There is a stabbing pain when my kids move away.
Release,
pride,
gratefulness,
worry,
and then loss, 
which tries very hard to morph into panic and desperation.
(Smothering and helicopter-ing seem like options, even
though I condemn it but secretly want to do it.)

My emotions are going crazy,
so I know that my feelings and thoughts cannot be fully trusted.
I must lean into you only.
Worry makes me assume the worst.
Loss makes me feel rejected.
Panic pushes my loved ones away.
(Read a blog about losing your kids to college here.)

Control my thoughts, Lord.
Speak truth to me, and help me hear you.
Help me to focus on your love and grace to me,
not my feelings of loss or worry.
You've got this. You've got me.
You always protect, always draw near, always speak to those who seek you. 
And to those who don't…