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Thank you for the break

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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.
Amen.

"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

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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…

Strengthen my inner self

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A prayer from Ephesians 3:16-21.


Jehovah-Nissi,

Be a banner over me and guide me in the truth about your love.
Help me not doubt it or doubt you.

Strengthen me with power through your Spirit in my inner being--
breathe life and resolve into my gut and my heart and my mind.
Increase my faith in you.
You have never failed me, and you never will.
I praise you for your infinite love and care.

Strengthen my roots.
Establish my thoughts and emotions in the strength of your love.
Together, with your people, pour out your power on me.
With this power and with the fellowship of believers,
help me to grasp how wide
and long
and high
and deep
is the love of Christ.

Oh, your love is inexplicable!
Unimaginable!
Unfathomable!
It surpasses knowledge.
Why do I try to understand, contain it, market it?
Your love abounds as I give it more space in my life.

Fill me up with the fullness of God!
Overflow and overwhelm me with your love!

You will do more than I can ask or imagine.
I can't begin to drea…

How to pray for revenge (I mean vengeance and justice)

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Onmipotent God,

I'm asking you to make things better--a little fairer--
Not for myself,
but for some people I care about.
In my flesh, I want revenge.
In my spirit, I want your righteousness.

People I love got a bum deal,
an unlucky break.
A gross injustice.
They've been sinned against.

I guess you know what that feels like.

I know life's not fair.
I know we are called to suffer for the kingdom.
But I also know you are a God of justice
and you will produce justice and righteousness
in the world
because that's what you always do.
It's how you reveal yourself to all of us--
a God of power, authority, holiness, and love.
You make things right.
Then you bring joy and peace.

Proverbs 21:15 "When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers."

You are also a God of vengeance.
So when someone hurts, offends, or traumatizes
people I love--
people you love who are following you--
I don't mind asking for a little vindication and vengeanc…

You care about the details

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Oh, Lord,

Thank you for the sun.

Thank you for crisp air, new grass, sprouting flowers, and chirping birds.

I give thanks to you, Lord, for your unfailing love and your wonderful deeds!

I so appreciate the beauty of creation,
but perhaps more than that--
I am grateful that every little detail of nature and body remind me that you care about me.

I give thanks to you, Lord, for your unfailing love and your wonderful deeds!

You care when I'm sad,
discouraged,
overwhelmed,
tearful.

You care when I'm elated,
excited,
pleased,
silly.

All the minutia of my life and my world are not lost on you.
No.
They are a million little details that you created because
you care that much.
You have that much energy and ability
as to be unrestrained by time and creativity.
You care so much,
you keep designing, giving, and blessing
with both big and little things.

I give thanks to you, Lord, for your unfailing love and your wonderful deeds!

You continue creating
for me
and for the whole world.

I am compel…

It's not too late

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Oh, Lord,

How is this possible?

You whisper to me--to each of us--
"It's not too late."

It's not too late--

to control my temper,
to ask forgiveness,
to give grace,
to start over,
to believe,
to ask the question,
to attempt something new,
to have courage,
to change a habit,
to tell the truth.

It's not too late-- 

to correct a wrong,
to confess sin,
to have compassion,
to make a difference.

It's not too late--

to be a friend,
to hope for healing,
to find love,
to give love,
to breathe and live and enjoy.

You are a God of new things,
new ideas, and
new creation.
You are a savior of souls,
even the most wretched of us.

You are a God of 
second,
third,
fourth,
twentieth,
fiftieth, 
and hundredth
chances.

Your mercies are new every morning.
Great is your faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:22-24)

I submit to you.
I want your change.
Give me courage to begin again.
Let me reflect your image,
oh holy, righteous, and gracious God!

In Jesus' name,
Amen.


"See, I am doing a newthing! Now it springs up; do you not …