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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

Praying courage and power over a tough path

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Praying courage and power over a tough path.   Isaiah 42 is a Messianic chapter which Jesus quotes from in New Testament. It provides an encouraging framework for anyone experiencing fatigue, discouragement, or oppression. Isaiah reminds the readers (as he talks about the Messiah), that God does not forget or hurt the broken. He remembers them and places them on a path to victory. See for yourself... pray this over someone who's struggling. Maybe yourself. Oh, Father, You delight in me. You are pouring out your Spirit on me, bringing justice to the nations through my obedience. You won't push me down when I stumble or break me when I feel broken . You will not snuff me out like a smoldering candle. Instead, you will rebuild me. You will fan the flame in me. You will lift me up and place my feet on solid rock. You will set me on the mountaintops. You have called me into right living because you are always right. You hold my hand and walk with me. Open my eyes that I may see

Teach me your faithfulness

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  Dear Lord, I praise you for your faithfulness to me. You are faithful when I falter. You are faithful when I doubt . You are faithful when I fail. You are faithful when I question . You are faithful when I run from you. You are always faithful, true, and holy. Your love is everlasting. Lord, teach me your faithfulness. I want to trust you in difficult circumstances, in grief , pain, discouragement , fear , and uncertainty . I want to be as faithful to your name as you are to me. Always. Whether I understand what you're doing or not. I ask this in Jesus' name, Amen. Your love,  Lord , reaches to the heavens, your  faithfulness  to the skies. ( Psalm 36:5 ) For I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your  faithfulness . ( Psalm 23:6 ) I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your  faithfulness  and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your  faithfulness  from the great assembly. ( Psalm 40:10 ) For great is

I'm drowning (and other fears God can handle)

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  Lord, save me-- I'm drowning. Lord, show me-- I'm doubting . Lord, catch me-- I'm afraid . You are God.  Your ways are unknowable, but they are always good . Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. In Jesus' name, Amen. "Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.   When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. 'It’s a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: ' Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'  'Lord, if it’s you,' Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.'  'Come,'  he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.   But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ' You of little faith,'  he said, ' why did you doubt?'  And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.   Th

Your questions are an act of faith

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  Here's a guest post (combo devotional and prayer!) from my friend Tracey Kelly. Psalm 62:8   Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.   I often think that asking God hard questions is an act of unbelief in him. It feels like I don’t trust him if I admit that I don’t understand what he’s doing. But questions and trust are not opposites. I can be confused and trust him at the same time. I can bear heavy feelings, admit my doubt and fear, and still know that he is good. Bringing the ugly stuff to God is a bold act of faith . Our relationship is so authentic that it can carry the weight of hard things. If I didn’t go to God with the really hard stuff , what does that say about my relationship with him?   It matters who I run to when life is dark. It matters where I hide and where I look for light. My direction reveals the authority is in my life. What if true communion with Jesus looked like a heart poured out completely--a tota

Here I am again, trying to trust You

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  Here I am again, trying to trust You, God. In the last year alone, I've posted 9 prayers specifically addressing the issue of trusting God. Given the year we've had, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. And here I am, about to post another prayer about trust. This week, during my prayer time (which I usually have while I walk my neighborhood), Lauren Daigle's song " Trust in you " played on Spotify through my Airpods. It struck me that I'm still struggling over this same issue of faith. I still doubt and worry about what God is doing in my life. Where are you taking me, God? What am I supposed to be doing? Why do I feel so afraid? So unsettled? I'm discouraged that trusting God remains difficult, no matter how much or how long I've worked on it. I'm choosing to trust God again today. Moment by moment. This year. (Read a whole blog about this struggle here .) So here's a song to inspire you and a prayer to transport you into God's presen

7 Pick-me-up prayers

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  Speak each of these verses as a prayer to the Lord to get you through your day today. Each statement is a promise from God that He will fulfill his will in you because of who He is, not because of who you are. You just need to believe his promises. Remember God's mighty works in the past and choose to believe that he will continue to be the God he's always been. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  (2 Cor. 3:17) Lord, give me your Spirit, which makes me free from sin and death. Help me not to misconstrue freedom with the world's definition. I am free in you, and therefore, I am your obedient and submissive servant. You don't owe me anything. Amen. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13) Lord, I am overwhelmed with how hard life it. Give me the strength and power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I am challenged to do your will and your mission, not my own. I can't possibly see how your plans for me will play out in eternit

The back-to-school-in-the-kitchen conversation with God (i.e. FREAK OUT to God)

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Okay, God, now you've really done something to me. You've compelled me to become a teacher to my own children. Do you remember how I fought with them last year over their homework? And now you want me to do this ALL DAY LONG? Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith in me produces perseverance.  (James 1:1-2)  But we're back to school at the kitchen table, and I'm freaking out! I can't be responsible for my kids' reading, writing, math, science, history, music, PE, drama, socializing, and personal responsibilities ALL DAY LONG! For who-knows-how-long? I just can't. You should know this about me. You've watched my parenting. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  (Romans 8:28) Okay, that's just mean, making this a spiritual decision, when obviously, I was not trained as a teacher. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all witho

Comfort for a crisis from Psalm 9

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Lord Jesus, We ask your Spirit to comfort us today. Whether we suffer with grief, anxiety , fear, hurt, anger, betrayal, guilt, or hopelessness- - Come meet us. Speak into our lives and invite us to sit in your presence. To feel you. To trust you. To hear you. We come and sit. We wait with expectation and wonder. We will tell of your wonders. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will sing your praises because you always uphold your righteous causes. You will rebuke sin and arrogance. You will blot out the names of the wicked with your vengeance and uphold the testimony of the righteous. You will judge the world for its sin. You will govern us, your people, with justice . You are refuge for the the oppressed and a stronghold in times of trouble. Because of your power, righteousness will not be defeated. Those who seek you will know your name -- they will hear you call yourself by the name they most need to understand. And that will cause them to

A prayer for justice and vengeance

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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

Praying to trust God

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Lord God, Why do I panic about the future ? Why am I afraid even though you are present in my life, guiding and directing me, loving me? I will purpose to trust in you. Please help me in my weakness. You know how weak I am, how fear is so powerful, how self-doubt seems to prevail. All the time. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are everything. I love you, and I trust you. I trust you. I trust you. I trust you. I trust you. In Jesus' name, Amen. "He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he  delight ed in me."-- Psalm 18:19 (Read a blog about change that scares you  here .)

7 Reasons God may not be answering your prayers

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Below is a guest post by James Watkins, one of the first editors to publish articles by me. He happens to be a great prayer warrior, as well as successful editor and author. And he's funny. I know you'll be challenged and inspired by this article by him (the links in parentheses are mine): On the kitchen wall in my boyhood home hung a plaque that promised “God Answers Prayer.” Because of those words, reinforced in Sunday school and Bible storybooks, I got the idea that prayer was a 100-percent-guarantee, lifetime-warranty, you-must-be-completely- satisfied-or-your-money-back, over-night-delivery promise. And so, as a first-grader, I prayed for a pony for my birthday . . . and didn’t get it. I prayed for a pony for Christmas . . . and didn’t get it. During adolescence, I prayed that my face would clear up, and those prayers weren’t answered either. As I grew up, so did my prayers. They were far less selfish and included more altruistic requests such an end to the Vietna

Prayer of Focus: Turn Your Eyes On Jesus

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Lord Jesus, Clear away all the darkness from my mind, all the petty jealousies and regrets, the self-doubt and self-loathing (aka. the pride), the insecurity and fear, the ambition and greed, the self-absorption and self-promotion. Holy Spirit, Help me focus on Jesus only. His love. His sacrifice. His calling. Only He matters. Amen. Read these beautiful words from the old hymn " Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus " by Helen Howarth Lemmel and/or listen to Lauren Daigle sing  the song on her album Look Up Child. (2018) "Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. and the things of this earth will grow strangely dime in the light of His glory and grace."

Praying to follow when I can't see the way

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Lord God, the Way-maker, Open new pathways for me. I feel like I'm at a dead end, like there's no way out of this problem. I'm trying not to look around me, not to see the forces of criticism, procrastination, confusion, fear, misapprehension, self-doubt, and down-right evil that assault me from all sides. I'm trying to look ahead, to follow your voice and see your face. To put one foot in front of the other in terrified obedience. Are you out there? Where are we going? I can't see you. I can't even see the path. Remind me of you promises: You go before me. You go behind me. You go with me. You live inside me. You feel my pain. You created me to handle this. You made me for this purpose. You use everything for your glory. You are growing me. Where you lead me, I will follow. You make a way, where there is no way. I believe you can do it again. And so I follow you. That's what you've told me to do. Amen.

Prayer over a miscarriage

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Experts guess that between 10-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriages, for various reasons. To a woman who knows she's pregnant--who knows there's a baby forming in her womb--it doesn't matter why the pregnancy fails. She just knows that one day she was a mother, and the next day, she was not. She feels grief. For all those excited and anticipating the birth of a baby, a miscarriage is a death. If this is you, here is a prayer to help you grieve and hope: Dear Abba Father, You have created all things. Your work is perfect. You created me for a purpose, and you created this little life for a purpose, although it doesn't make sense to me now why a helpless baby's life should be cut short so quickly. I am so terribly sad-- I feel such a sense of emptiness and loss. To be honest, I feel robbed. This is confusing, because I know you aren't a robber. You have come to give life and give it more abundant. So why did you bless me, only to remove the bl

Praying for protection and healing

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Dear Heavenly Father, Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals -- Please protect and heal my loved one today. You created him, You love him, You have a purpose for him. It is Your nature to heal, restore, and renew. Please grant healing and restoration to him today so he can continue the calling You've given him. I trust You, and I trust Your will. I give You control (because You already have it), and I will show that by giving You myself and my worries. Rapha, Healer, You make all things new and beautiful. Heal my tired spirit and my anxious heart. Make me like You, full of hope and joy. Forgive me for the many times that I doubt because I don't see healing happening like I want it to. Healing is Your call. Your gift. Your perfect will. I love You. Amen.