Dear Jesus, I am overwhelmed. My mind is racing as I contemplate my to-do list and decide where to start. Reveal what I should prioritize, and give me the wisdom to know if there is something I should clear from my schedule. Bring clarity to my mind. Help me feel confident about my choices regarding how to spend my time. Help me put forth my best effort in all my upcoming responsibilities. Thank You for caring about even the most minor details of my life and for being beside me every step of the way. In Your name I pray, Amen.
Dear Jesus, my schedule seems almost unmanageable right now. I feel unprepared to tackle my numerous appointments, commitments, and obligations. Remind me that You will give me the ability to accomplish all You have called me to do. Keep me encouraged through complicated times. Please take away the fatigue I am experiencing. Refresh and revive my soul. Energize me as I complete my tasks. Thank You for being who You are. I am grateful for Your promise never to fail or forsake me. You are so good, and You have good plans for me. In Your name I pray, Amen.
Dear Jesus, keeping a positive mindset with all the chaos and confusion around me is challenging. When I fix my eyes on the world’s problems, please help me focus on You instead. I am so grateful that You promise us peace beyond our understanding. Empower me to embrace Your perfect peace and allow it to radiate from my speech and actions. Direct my thoughts, guide my decisions, and help me calmly respond to crisis situations as they occur. Thank You for the blessing of Your nearness and for loving me so perfectly. In Your name I pray, Amen.
One way to invite blessings into the lives of your children throughout their lives is by praying for them to grow and thrive in their faith. I would like to share a prayer to lift up to the Lord on your child’s behalf. Please feel free to print it and put it in a place where you will see it often. What a blessing to serve a God who hears and cares about everything and everyone we bring to Him in prayer!
Click here for a printable version of this prayer.
Dear Lord, thank You for who You are. Thank You for hearing my prayers and caring about every concern I have. I am beyond grateful for Your unfailing love and forgiveness.
Lord, I lift my children to You in prayer.
Please come alongside them today in a way they can feel powerfully. Let there be no mistaking Your presence in their life today! Replace any loneliness and abandonment with a tangible assurance of Your perfect love.
Remind them that You are not only with them but also for them. Change their perspective in any situations where they are not sensing Your closeness.
Lord, increase their faith in You and Your incomparable power. Enable them to rest in that faith, especially when life is complicated. Remind them that You make all things work together for good for those that love You.
Give them Your indescribable peace as You help them surrender to Your will for their lives. Renew their excitement for the plans You have lovingly orchestrated for them.
Lord, help them desire a deeper relationship with You. Empower them to understand more fully Your character and holy nature. Give them a hunger for studying and understanding Your Word and a yearning to spend more time with You in prayer.
May they listen for and readily recognize Your Holy Spirit’s voice. Help them become remarkably sensitive to Your voice, and may Your voice compel them to immediately and lovingly obey.
Give them the courage to pray bold prayers as they approach You with expectancy. Help them to believe for miracles in their own lives and in the lives of those they pray for.
May they reflect Your light in all of their encounters. I pray that Your love will spill out of their lives and that their words, actions, and attitudes will give others a glimpse of Your character in this world that desperately needs to see more of You. In Your name, Amen.
When we find ourselves looking for ways to cope with anxious thoughts and excessive worry, we are not alone. Many people of all ages wrestle with those thoughts and regrettably fail to experience the perfect peace that Jesus generously offers. But He is more than willing to help us operate with a peaceful mindset when we approach His throne in prayer and ask Him to guide us.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Here are four prayers for when you feel anxious. I pray they help bring the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” to your anxious heart.
Dear Lord, I come to You with an anxious heart. Help me to shift my perspective and see the good things You are doing in my life. Bring the people who care about me to my mind. Help me focus on the things and people I am grateful for. As I count my blessings, may I thank You for all of them.
Help me rest in the truth that You are in control of this world. I pray that You will enable me to take deep breaths and rid my mind of any troubling thoughts preventing me from focusing on Your goodness, sovereignty, and love.
I ask You to replace my anxiety with Your perfect peace, which will guard my heart and mind against anxious and worrisome thoughts taking hold again. In Your Name, Amen.
Dear Lord, I am so thankful that I can call on You at any time knowing You hear my prayer and care about my burdens. You are so good and kind, and You want to help Your children live in joy and peace.
I bring my anxieties to You today. I lay them at Your feet. Help me not pick them back up again, and trust that You are intervening in each situation. Empower me to surrender my anxieties to You, confident that You will make a way where there seems to be no way.
Lord, help me to believe Your promise never to leave or forsake Your children. When I feel alone, make Yourself more real to me than ever before.
Thank You for caring for me as You do and for Your unfailing love. In Your Name, Amen.
Dear Lord, I thank You for all the times You have brought me tranquility in the past, and I trust You to do it again.
I feel especially weighed down with worry today, and I desperately need Your comfort. My thoughts are swirling. I am struggling to prevent them from spinning out of control. Enable me to take my thoughts captive just as Your Word says. Teach me how to halt wayward thought patterns dominating my mind. Allow me to fix my eyes on what is true instead of dwelling on the unknown or the worst-case scenario. Bring my thoughts into agreement with Yours.
I am so grateful that You are a promise-keeping God. Today, I especially appreciate Your promise to impart peace when our minds are on You. In Your Name, Amen.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your love and consistently providing me with everything I need. Remind me of Your complete trustworthiness when I doubt how amazingly faithful You are.
Thank You for being accessible and available no matter when and where we call upon You. Thank You for working all things together for good for all who love You.
When worry and anxiety threaten to gain traction in my mind, empower me to stop them in their tracks. Remind me that I have authority over my attitude, perspective, and thought patterns. I am grateful that I can depend on You to strengthen me and be with me in every situation.
Help me embrace a calm mindset and be still as You lovingly replace my anxiety with Your perfect peace. In Your Name, Amen.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 ESV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 ESV
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV
In our church Bible Study, we have found that the book of Daniel is challenging and encouraging at the same time.
In Daniel 9:23, the angel, Gabriel, said these words to Daniel: “At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.”
The answer to Daniel’s prayer was granted and set in motion as soon as he began to pray. God had already responded before Daniel knew it.
Even though there are times that God responds before we realize it, let’s keep persevering in prayer anyway! Praying helps us to align our requests with the will of God as we spend time talking and listening to Him. And God wants to hear from us! God created us for a relationship with Him, and prayer is a beautiful part of that.
I confess certain thoughts might cross my mind when I am not sensing an answer to prayer: He has forgotten about me, my dreams and desires don’t matter to Him, or He isn’t listening. But those thoughts just aren’t true. So a perspective shift reminds me that He is indeed working behind the scenes, and it is already taken care of. I just need to rest, keep communicating with Him in prayer, and watch the answer play out in His time and His way.
Oh, and did you catch the other part of the verse above? The angel told Daniel He was greatly loved. I’m sure Daniel already knew that, but our God is an awesome God who tenderly reassures us of His love.
Daniel 9:23 is a great reminder to continue praying confidently to the God who loves us beyond measure. ❤️
Just last week, I had the privilege of having a guest post shared on ladiesdrawingnigh.org. The link to that article, “Powerful Scriptures to Pray for Leaders in Our Lives” can be found here. It also includes a free downloadable prayer that you can print out.
While you are there, take some time to look around on the website and you will find many features that will interest you! She has online Bible studies, a shop with prayer journals and scripture cards (and much more), Bible reading plans, and many articles on faith that will bring encouragement and provide teaching.
Take a few moments to read the article and let me know what you think!
Let’s bless the leaders in our lives by lifting them up in prayer!
Dear Lord, thank You for faithfully listening to our prayers. Youcare about every single one of our requests and heart cries. Your Word says we can confidently bring our burdens to Your throne and that You will equip us with Your mercy and grace. Enable us to release bitterness, unbelief, or anything else that might prevent Your mercy and grace from having their full impact. Help us remember that You are ceaselessly concerned about our lives and that while You might intervene in an entirely conspicuous manner, there will also be times when Your work will be behind the scenes and, therefore, not as visible. When we can’t see Your hand and the wheels You are setting in motion, may we still have an unwavering belief that You are actively moving. Open our hearts to what You are teaching us in the midst of trials.
In our world today, confusion and chaos can sometimes threaten to overwhelm us. When we find ourselves in that position, Lord, help us to set our minds on You, the Prince of Peace, instead of the problems. Remind us that You have given us access to Your matchless, perfect peace. Empower us to wait expectantly for Your peace to wash over us and to protect us from strife in even the most difficult circumstances.
Help us to rest in the promise that You always cause all things to work together for our good. Remind us that what we think is good might be different from what You know is good and that Your definition of good supersedes our definition. Assure us that You are sovereign, have everything under control, and are for us, not against us.
Lord, thank You for Your unfailing love for us. Help us surrender to Your will, way, and wisdom.
Romans 15:13 is a beautiful verse that can be a brief, heartfelt prayer for your loved ones. Often when a specific person comes to mind, or I see a particular person in a hallway or grocery store, I feel compelled to say a prayer for them. It may be as simple as “Lord, help her to feel Your presence today,” or “Lord, remind him that You are in control and can always be trusted.”
I’m praying Romans 15:13 for you today, Friends! Would you agree we could all benefit from being filled with more joy, peace, and hope? The Holy Spirit is ready to fill all of us with all of that when we ask Him! I pray you will be encouraged when you think of the joy, peace, and hope God has in store for us.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
When it comes to marriage, I firmly believe praying for each other (and with each other) plays a vital part in strengthening the husband-wife bond!
The following prayers can be prayed as a couple or separately. I hope that you and your spouse will be blessed and encouraged through these prayers based on the book of Galatians!
Here is a link to the PDF of the following prayers.
Prayer #1 based on Galatians 3: 1-3, 5, 10-14, 23-29
Dear Lord, we praise You for being a miracle-working God. Broaden our belief in who You are and what You can do. Let our confidence in the gospel be unwavering, especially in challenging times. May we be known as people who continually exalt You. Help us always be thankful that You died for us and redeemed us from the requirements of the law. Remind us that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is not something we earn – it is a gift of grace directly from You.
May we be eternally grateful for Your sacrifice on the cross and for making a close, personal relationship with You possible. Your Word reminds us that Your Law provided protection, but when Christ came, He made it possible to be saved from punishment because we place our trust in Him. I pray that we will trust Your guidance as You show us the path to avoid temptation and sin. May we clearly discern Your voice and have the wisdom to respond obediently.
Thank You for being a promise-keeping God. Your Word affirms that we are one in Christ regardless of differences. Please give us the ability to see people through Your eyes and enable us to act with dignity, sincerity, and respect toward everyone we encounter. May people catch a glimpse of You in us as we help our family hold firmly to the truth that all Your children are precious in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer #2 based on Galatians 4: 3-7, 9-14
Lord, we thank You for being our Heavenly Father. May we fully embrace the sacred magnitude of being known as Your child. Remind us that freedom is only found in You and prevent us from embarking on a futile search for any substitute. Fill us with a genuine appreciation for the generous gift of Your redemption. May gratitude naturally exude from us and assist in creating an atmosphere in which people praise Your name openly. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to reside in our hearts.
Lord, we pray we will enjoy a renewed thankfulness for no longer being a slave to rules and regulations. Please generously impart Your wisdom to us as we navigate our faith journey. Grant us Your insight when worldly temptations entice us. Help us to rely on Your lead as we make decisions. May we always strive to honor You with our choices. May we rest confidently in our relationship with You.
Bestow on us a natural tendency to display Your life-changing love to everyone we meet. Disclose to us the physical and spiritual needs of people around us and the numerous ways we can be Your hands and feet in each situation. Help us be obedient to Your call and refresh us with Your strength and fortitude when we are fatigued. Sustain us and spur us on. Bless our efforts and allow others to recognize an authentic representation of You through our words and actions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When we become stressed, it can be easy to forget where to place our focus…we unfortunately look inward and attempt to figure life out on our own instead of looking to Jesus for the help He lovingly offers us.
Psalm 34:5 says those who look to Him are radiant and that their faces will never be ashamed.
May we look to Jesus and pursue complete obedience to His way. May our trust and hope in Jesus cause an unmistakable glow to radiate from our lives!
Dear Lord, may Your Holy Spirit nudge us when it is time to change our perspective. Open our eyes to You and Your way, Lord. We desire to lovingly serve You and reflect Your light. Amen.
Friends, I would like to share some prayers with you.
A prayer for parents of adult children.
Three prayers for adult children based on Colossians 1-3.
As a mom of four children who are all in their twenties, there are some specific things that I pray about for them. The first prayer below covers some of those…the desire to be there for my children, but to not interfere. It’s a fine line, isn’t it? I’ve crossed it, straddled it, and avoided it etc. at various times. 😀
The next three prayers are based on Colossians 1-3. Of course, these can be prayed for your children no matter their ages, but they are geared toward a little bit older age group.
I have also included printables…so please feel free to download, print, post etc. these prayers and/or share them. Thank you!
Prayer for Parents of Adult Children
Dear Lord, please give me the wisdom to know how much and when to offer assistance to my adult children. Help me discover ways to express and demonstrate that they can call on me for advice and support and that they can also count on me to know when to step back, even when there is potential for them to fail. Stop me from picking up pieces from situations they are assigned to learn from. Please do not allow me to interfere in their maturation process. May they always know that I trust them, pray for them, cheer for them, and love them dearly. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Adult Children Based on Colossians 1-3
Dear Lord, I pray that my children will seek Your wisdom in their lives diligently. May they consistently pursue and display that wisdom in their decisions. Strengthen them with Your power. Please help them to be bold and confident in their faith. Reassure them that with Your help, they can endure and even thrive when they face challenging circumstances. I pray their actions and words will radiate joy to everyone they encounter. Deliver them from the darkness of sins that have led them astray, and instill in them the desire to walk in Your glorious light. May the forgiveness and redemption You have granted them be an inspiration to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Based on Colossians 1:9-14)
Dear Lord, I pray you will remind my children of Your presence and Your faithfulness through every obstacle and hardship they will undoubtedly face. Inspire their hearts to be firmly rooted in their faith. May Your Word saturate their minds, give them clear discernment, and prepare them to guard against deceptive teachings. Reveal Yourself to them and grant them an overflowing thankfulness to You for Your countless blessings.
Help my children see that You are all they truly need. Give them the courage to walk the path You have set before them. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Based on Colossians 2:6-10)
Dear Lord, help my children focus on You above all else. Teach them to filter their thoughts through Your grace, mercy, and love. As Your Word says, may they “put to death” anything that belongs to “their earthly nature” and rid themselves of “anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language.” Give them the desire to lead truthful lives, potentially influencing others to know more about You. May their characters be defined by compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, and may forgiveness come naturally. Lord, I pray the love of Christ will be evident in all that they say and do. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Based on 3:1-14)