Father, I confess that I do not know what to do, but my eyes are upon You. How thankful I am for the promise of Your Word that when I grieve, You give me a crown of beauty, that even when I mourn there is gladness found in You. And when I despair and feel hopeless in my circumstances, as I look to You, You will cloak me in a garment of praise.
My desire, Father, is to always praise You, but I confess that often, like Peter, I look away from the face of Jesus, see the fierceness of the storm around me, sink into my circumstances, and lose all ability to believe that You will fight my battles. Why is my faith so small? Why do I doubt?
Forgive me Father and have mercy on me. Help me, I pray! Destroy doubt in my life and make it true of me that though the fig tree does not bud (my dreams do not come to fruition . . .) and there are no grapes on the vines (my burdens seem endless . . .), though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food (my financial resources are sadly lacking . . .) though there are no sheep in the pen or cattle in the stalls (my worldly possessions are minimal at best . . .), may I still be joyful and praise Your name—for You are my God and my Savior (I have Jesus!). You are my strength, and you enable me to rise above the circumstances of my life and the cares of this world.
May I follow the example of King Jehoshaphat and the army of Israel and sing and praise Your name and leave the battles of my life in Your hands. Even in the most overwhelming situations may I choose to give thanks to You, rejoice in You, knowing that Your love endures forever. I choose this day to praise You regardless of what I see with my earthly eyes, and I rejoice that my name is written in heaven because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Thank You that the victory is sure. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
2 Chronicles 20:12; Isaiah 61:3; Matthew 14:25-33; Habakkuk 3:17; 2 Chronicles 20:21, 22; Psalm 5:11; Luke 10:20
–Adapted from Pray the Word: 31 Prayers that Touch the Heart of God by Tiece L. King. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, who is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46). Give thanks for his “ever present help in trouble” (v. 1). Confess any desire to live life apart from God. Commit yourself to being still and knowing that he is God. Ask him to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).
Pray that your pastor may have a fruitful ministry and that he may handle responsibilities with grace and patience. Ask that he may have a harmonious working relationship with other congregational leaders.
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