Showing posts with the label patience

How to pray when you want to quit

  Lord God, Thank you for your patience, grace, and love for me as I struggle through life, making the same mistakes, de-valuing my calling, and giving up on what you've told me to do because it's so difficult. Lord, I want to persevere . I want to endure. Build my faith and trust in you because of who you are, not because I try harder to trust you. You have always been faithful and good to me. I can trust you even when life is hard. Holy Spirit, speak encouragement to me, and help me listen and absorb the truth you're saying. I will not quit because I can't predict the end of something. I will not quit because I'm afraid to fail. I will not quit because I'm afraid to succeed, to hold more responsibility, or afraid to bear the weight of your will for my life. I will trust . I will obey . I will endure and sow faith into my life. You will show yourself faithful in return,  just as you always have. I love you. In Jesus' powerful name, Amen. Galatians 6:8

Forgiveness for my enemies

Lord, Help me to give grace, to be patient, to be forgiving, to be full of mercy and understanding. I do not want to be entitled, vengeful, bitter,  or defeated. I want to be like you. But that's incredibly difficult. Impossible. Please help me love even those who hurt me. In Jesus' name, Amen. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’   But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,   that you may be children  of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.   If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?   And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?   Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.   ( Matthew 5:43-48 )

Praying about my New Year's plans

Dear Lord,  You are great and holy. I am in awe of you and the relationship you offer me. Teach me to wait on you. Give me patience and wisdom as I plan for this next year. I want to do your will-- I want to obey your purpose for me this year and let you fulfill your plans through me. How do I plan and yet rely on you? How do I plan while I wait for you? How do I discern the difference between what should be done and what you want me to do? There is so much injustice in the world, so many opportunities to do good and so many people who need a friendly smile or a helping hand. I am overwhelmed. Certainly, you don't need me to do anything, and I can't do everything, not by a long shot. I feel like I do almost nothing. But I want to do your work. I want to make a difference. I want my life to be about your mission and your kingdom and not just me trying to feel good about being a good person. Those lines blur so easily. I'm asking you for wisd

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

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

A prayer for my children's hearts

I just read 2 Thess. 3:5 this morning on my Bible app. This is what is says, in a few different  translations: ESV--"May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ." NIV--"May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance." NKJV--"Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and the patience of Christ." This passage sounds like a prayer to pray over my children. Dear Lord God of heaven, Your grace and providence astounds me. I thank you for my children and the rich challenge and reward that parenting them brings to my life. Use me to be an effective and authentic example of your love and grace. Somehow, let them catch a glimpse of You through me, even when I'm messing up and beings so profoundly and sinfully human. And now I pray that you will direct and guide their hearts on a course toward loving You completely and whole-heartedly. As they experience Yo

Praying Psalm 40

Lord, God, Help me to wait patiently for your words, for your moving of the Holy Spirit, for your prompting and prodding of me toward the work you have for me, even if that work is corrective. Convicting. Give me patience and faith not to move forward in my own strength, not to make an idol of my own wisdom or abilities. I need you. I know I do. Give me the humility to remember that. I recount the wonders you have done already-- You have nothing to prove to me. Your grace is sufficient. Overflowing. Overwhelming. Help me to bask in your presence and your provision. Here I am. I have come. I desire to do your will, regardless of the personal cost. Do not withhold your mercy from me. May your love and your truth protect my mind and my heart. I am yours. Amen. taken from Psalm 40