Prayer For The Week / Friday: Fear

There is nothing that can stop you in your tracks quite like fear. Fog your brain, confuse, keep you from making decisions, twist who God is. It was fear that drove Eve and Adam, fear which kept the Israelites in the desert, made Thomas doubt. But it’s not always so obvious. Sometimes fear just chips away at your confidence, sense of security.

 

Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar
Fear Is A Liar by Zach Williams

 

But in those times all we have to do is release our attention from ourselves, the situation, and let God replace our worry with prayer. Let’s pray:

Lord, there are places in my life I fear will never change, situations, circumstances. I’m afraid won’t have what I need, there won’t be enough time. I’m afraid I won’t be enough. Lord, protect me from fear. It steals my hope and joy. It tells me I’m not good enough, that I can’t. But it lies. Help me fight fear with truth. That my prayers are heard, that I can trust you with everything. I can lift my head and praise you. I can replace fear with faith because You are working on my behalf, bringing things together for good.

Amen.

Here are some verses to meditate on today:

Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Matthew 6:34  (MSG)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (MSG)

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.


This is a part of the Prayer For The Week series. Despite the title, you can pray any of the prayers in this series on any day you wish. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes, we just don’t have the words.

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Prayer For The Week / Thursday: Thanks

No matter what your circumstances or needs, thankfulness is always available to you. It’s available when nothing else is. No other actions, other words. It’s the way we communicate we are more interested in God than getting, the Savior than the self. Thankfulness is a way of receiving. Even before the work has been accomplished, we can thank Him for what he’s going to do. What he has done in the past, how we’ve grown, think, feel, believe, see, for our faith, our friends, family.

For most people it’s not easy to “let go, and let God” in the face of daily realities but a simple thank you can go a long, long way toward quieting all the “I don’t knows” and a peaceful heart certainly can help us refocus on how God sees things, allowing us to tackle the tasks we can put our hands to. Let’s pray:

Father God — for this day, for a grateful heart, for focusing on what can be done, moment by moment, with a peace that comes from you, Thank you.

Amen.

Here are some verses to meditate on today:

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This is a part of the Prayer For The Week series. Despite the title, you can pray any of the prayers in this series on any day you wish. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes, we just don’t have the words.

Prayer For The Week / Wednesday: Trust

There are days when the only way through is to give up. It’s not easy. It often seems  counter-intuitive according to the world’s standards. But when you hit a wall, when you are up against a big day or week or year, waves of stress and anxiety come crashing in and you can’t force your way out, it’s not about giving up responsibility — it’s about releasing the responsibility of control to the Lord.

Outside Eden, it is our nature to want to know. But what has knowing ever done? What do we do with the things we know? Knowing isn’t used to build relationships, just protect. Control. If we know then we don’t have to risk, we don’t have to be vulnerable.

Trust makes us vulnerable. It puts our lives into the hands of God in ways that make us uncomfortable. But it’s okay to wrestle there. He is trustworthy even in that wrestling. When we examine all the biblical examples, He is trustworthy, but He is not a magic genie we can make do our bidding. Nor would that satisfy our needs. God is a relationship. And when we chose to release our control, to be vulnerable, to love and chose to trust we release our overthinking, anxiety, stress, and self-reliance back onto Him who created this day. The one who can tell oceans to exist, waves to calm. May we be as those waves, hearing His voice, calmed. Let’s pray:

God, I trust you. I trust you with the day ahead. I trust that I don’t know how to do this day on my own, I’m relying on you to help me through. Because you love me, I trust in the skills and talents you’ve helped me develop, I trust you know my needs, my heart. I trust you will tell the storms inside me “Quiet! Be still.” and they will obey. I trust I can make it through this day and you will show me how.

Amen.

Here are some verses to meditate on today:

Romans 4:4-5 (MSG)

If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.

Proverbs 3:6-12  (MSG)

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.

This is a part of the Prayer For The Week series. Despite the title, you can pray any of the prayers in this series on any day you wish. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes, we just don’t have the words.

Prayer For The Week / Tuesday: Confidence

Confidence is not something germane to us. Despite the self-help, lifestyle guru, life-coach, #mondaymotivation times we live in, upon biblical examination confidence isn’t something we have at all. It’s something we’re given. God is our confidence and we can be confident in Him. Well then, what’s this feeling inside myself? What is human confidence? If I am full of confidence that does not come from God, it must be pride. If I have a lack of confidence, it must be loss.

If you’ve experienced loss you know its companions, fear and hurt. These things steal your joy, rob you of confidence that you are worthy of love. A lack of confidence is a lack of receiving love. But no matter how much we’ve lost, no matter what has happened in the past, we can be confident again because we have been individually created, uniquely crafted, by our heavenly father who loves us . Let’s pray:

Lord of Heaven and Earth, my creator, the source of my confidence. You know who you made me to be — I am marvelously made! Confidence is not about results, it comes from the secure love You have poured into me which is endless and eternal. I pray you would protect me from self-judgement and the judgement of others. Instead, open my eyes today to all the wonderful ways you made me to be. Mercy! Grace! Let me be unshakable in accepting that I am loved. Just as I am.

Amen.

Here are some verses to meditate on today:

Jeremiah 17:7

Blessed is the person who trusts the Lord.
 The Lord will be his confidence.

Proverbs 3:25-27

You will not be subject to terror, for it will not terrify you.
 Nor will the disrespectful be able to push you aside,
 because God is your confidence in times of crisis,
 keeping your heart at rest in every situation.

This is a part of the Prayer For The Week series. Despite the title, you can pray any of the prayers in this series on any day you wish. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes, we just don’t have the words.

Prayer For The Week / Monday: Hope

Hope is not something we wish would happen. Hope is the belief that what God promises, happens. It is the companion of faith. And though faith may be strong, hope can be hard to hold on to. We often look for instant results and lose heart when we don’t see immediate changes. But hope is faith in action. It’s the desire to believe in the love and provision of God.

“God gives us exactly what we would ask for if we knew everything he knows.”
Daniel Vogelbach

Hope happens in good and hard times. We hope for big and little things, life changes, daily miracles, it’s often something undefined but we certainly know the darkness when we have lost hope. Wherever your hope is today, though his word, we can be sure we have a heavenly father who cares about the things we hope for. He wants us to hope, for he is our hope. Let’s pray:

Father God. Today I want to thank you for the hope we can have in our future plans. Hope to believe that with Your help things will be different than before. Hope that invites us to trust in You, that doesn’t have to know or see — but believes. Thank you that our heart’s desires, our life’s plans, will be fulfilled in the right time and we will praise you. Thank you that our hope is in You.

Amen.

Here are some verses to meditate on today:

Lamentations 3:19-21 (MSG)

It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God
I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
 the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
 I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
 the feeling of hitting the bottom. 
But there’s one other thing I remember,
  and remembering, I keep a grip on hope.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 20:4-5

May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans. May there be shouts of joy when we hear the news of your victory, flags flying with praise to God for all that he has done for you. May he answer all your prayers!

This is a part of the Prayer For The Week series. Despite the title, you can pray any of the prayers in this series on any day you wish. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes, we just don’t have the words.

Prayer For The Week / Sunday: Rest

What does rest mean? How do we do it? Biblical rest isn’t relaxing, it isn’t sleeping. It’s doing all we are asked then trusting God for the rest. For most of us, rest isn’t easy. Even if we believe we’re trusting there is a nagging feeling we’ve not done enough. How can we rest when things aren’t right? When there is so much to do? The story of Mary and Martha is often used as a way to show us doing isn’t as important as being but — what most people miss in the story is that Christ invites Martha to rest. When we see the sisters again in the death of their brother Lazarus, it is Martha who goes out to meet Christ.

Sometimes all we need is the invitation to step away from the things keeping us busy and rest in the presence of the Lord. You are invited. Let’s pray:

Dear Lord. Today is a day of rest. Not just ‘relax’ but rest for the soul, rest in You because You have already gone before us, into the week ahead — so we can trust You will help us with what’s to come. But for today, I pray we will give You our troubles and receive a calm mind, a faithful heart, and so much rest.

Amen.

Here are some verses to meditate on today:

Matthew 6:30-34 (MSG)

 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

Psalms 62:1-2

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

This is a part of the Prayer For The Week series. Despite the title, you can pray any of the prayers in this series on any day you wish. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes, we just don’t have the words.

Series: Prayer For The Week

Prayer is a super power. Not in a spandex, cape, tights kind of way. But prayer is powerful and it has power. It brings hope when we are weak. It can strengthen and encourage, bring rest, calm fear. We can pray corporately or alone, in all languages or in silence. Prayer is often confused as inaction but is, in fact, sometimes the most action we can possibly take.

“Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.” — Saint Teresa of Avila

Despite the title of the series, these prayers can be prayed on any day, at any time. I invite you to use these prayers to jump-start your own or in place of your own because sometimes we just don’t have the words.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Hope
Tuesday: Confidence
Wednesday: Trust
Thursday: Thanks
Friday: Fear
Saturday: Strength

Sunday: Peace
Monday: Love
Tuesday: Joy
Wednesday: Worry
Thursday: Grace
Friday: Praise
Saturday: Mercy

Sunday: Waiting
Monday: Forgiveness
Tuesday: Wisdom
Wednesday: Faith
Thursday: Money
Friday: Mind
Saturday: Boundaries

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