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Prayer for Coronavirus and the fear that goes with it

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Dear Lord, You are not worried. You are not uninterested. You still wrap your hands around your children and draw us close, even when events seem to say otherwise. Give us peace, comfort, and healing during this time of physical and emotional unrest. Heal those affected by the virus. Multiply the time, effort, and supplies of those in the healthcare industry. I pray that people will safeguard themselves, respect others, and be patient with all the turbulence and unrest caused by a pandemic. I pray for all who worry and suffer to search for you while you can be found. Lord, may we be found by you. You are good, you are merciful, you are gracious, you are forgiving, and you are healing. Heal our wounds -- the ones inside our hearts , where we stray from you and live for ourselves, by ourselves. Most of all, we need healing from fear. I pray for your love to consume us. Love drives fear away because there is no fear in love. Whatever you do with v

Understanding myself is messy

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Lord God, I've been upset about something for awhile and I've prayed for clarity and wisdom. I have not been able to figure out what to do or why something has happened. You gave me clarity. You sorted the mess with me. I inquired of you, I sought counsel, and I opened myself up to the possibility  that I was mistaken and defensive, that my conclusions were incorrect. You helped me humble myself. You gave me insight. You spoke. I wonder how many times I miss what you're saying because I'm so sure that I'm right? Instead of seeking wisdom and perspective, I look for someone to agree with me. I seek validation. I seek vindication. I see a mess even though you've drawn a clear path to knowing you better. I am so proud. I wonder at your willingness to forgive and direct me. Thank you. I am awed by your mercy and grace, as well as your forgiveness and your continued pursuit to use me. Every time I learn something new about myself, I l

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