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What to pray when you're sad

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  "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again." ( John 12:27-28) Oh, God, I'm really sad . I feel overwhelmed . It's not any one thing-- I just feel a heavy weight of so many concerns , fears, and disappointments. I feel lost. Although you always knew your purpose on earth, and you always knew how things would end, you were sad, too. Maybe the knowing is worse than the not-knowing? You knew the enormity of your calling. But what if I'm not sure of mine? What if I've gotten off track? What if I've ruined everything? Please take my sadness away-- I'll try to give it to you. I know you can transform it into something beautiful and worthy, something life-giving. Hear me, Lord. Wipe my tears. Hold my heart . Wrap me in your comforting arms.

A New Year's prayer for the discouraged

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Dear Lord, Remember me. Touch me. I'm discouraged. I don't know what to do or where to turn. I feel like nothing I do turns out right. I want to give up and crawl in a hole, but that doesn't feel good, either. Give me the faith to trust your plan for my life. Give me the courage to keep moving forward. Give me vision when I'm overwhelmed. Give me grace when I'm angry and hurt. Give me perseverance when I want to quit. Make me like Jesus. That's probably what you're doing, because this process is painful. So maybe you're up to something in my life after all. I love you, and I'm trying to trust you. Amen.