A Prayer Over Temptation and For God’s Sufficient Grace

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

 

God, Our Lord, we know that you have said that Your Grace is sufficient. We know You have said we can trust in You when we are tempted, and that You will not give us temptation without giving us also, the way out through You. We pray today that You will show us that way. We are tempted, Lord, so often and so fully. We find ourselves wanting to face each day’s stresses and we forget to even look to You. But we do it now, Lord, we turn to You and we ask that You pour that Grace on us, Lord. We ask that You use our weakness as Your vessel and fill it with Your Grace, so that we may escape these overwhelming situations. Lord, we are so glad we can trust in You. We are so happy You are our Abba, Father, and that You are sufficient, always holding out Your glorious hand to help us from each situation. You may give us more than we can feel we can handle, but we can trust that You have also supplied us the tools to handle it, if we turn to You, as You have promised us. And so, we turn to You, Lord, and we know You rescue us, each time. By Jesus’ Stripes, We are saved. Amen.

A Prayer For Contentment

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Psalm 118:24

English Standard Version (ESV)

24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV 

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Timothy 6:6-11 ESV

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Psalm 37:3-5 ESV 

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Proverbs 28:25 ESV

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 ESV

Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

 

Lord, today we come to you knowing that we are not often content in the low times as we are in the high. We seek your forgiveness for not appreciating the season, Lord. We ask that You teach us to look to the lesson and the reason that we are in these hard times, even if we can’t comprehend those reasons. You have pledged You will take care of all of our needs, and our responsibility in kind is to have Faith that in every season, in every time of our lives, You are in charge and moving us forward toward the dreams You’ve placed in our hearts and the service You’ve called us to complete. We are so grateful that we can believe in this and take it with us in our hearts through the rough moments of life, when we feel trod upon and upset. Remind us, Lord, to take in the kernels of wonderment and the reminders of Your Grace in each day, because each day is of Your making. We will rest, and be content in the day The Lord has made, and we will fall back on Faith when the troubles of life threaten to overwhelm, because You have promised that we can.

In Jesus’ Name, AmenP

 

A Prayer about Freedom, Self Control, and Idolatry

Ezekiel 18:20 ESV

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

John 8:36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I have been letting an epic battle rage within my heart for actual years now. It’s staged between fear, guilt, and the urge to be free. And I realized just today, that maybe Idolatry is also featuring there. You see, I have long let myself, in a deep dark box I keep locked away in my heart, believe that if I was a Good Daughter, in fact a Perfect Daughter who did everything she could to improve her mother’s life, then I would somehow be worthy and worthwhile and happy and everyone around me would be happy and things would be… well, perfect.

Blasphemy to a high degree, all that. And I let it poison a lot of my time here on earth. It is a deep rooted seed now, and hard to work out of myself. But I’m trying so very hard. Because I know, by the Spirit which is within me, that it is completely wrong. Not only that, but it’s a hurtful ideal. It is hurtful to me, to my soul and my body, and it is harmful to those around me because my singular focus on the idol of this idea of myself as a perfect person has defined (in often harmful ways) my relationships, my daily life, and my attitude.

I am often angry and frustrated and I realized just lately that it is mostly because I often feel I need help with things and I never ask for it. I never ask because in my mind, the perfect person I long to be wouldn’t need help. This person I pretend to be, who is somehow ruining my earthly life, is also a major stumbling block on my walk with God. She interferes because I accidentally worship her. I put her and the trying to be her in front of everything. I look to this false person, who will never exist, as a savior, when I already know who the true Savior is.

This is a reason I may need to be making some big changes in my life as I move forward on my path with God, and I am afraid of it. The fear is in me as deep as the evil roots of this idea, and I am conquering it over and over again each day. I can not bow to the fear that changes will cause sorrow or hurt, because changes led by God are all I’m allowing in my life these days. I pray on everything and He leads me in every way. I’m not saying all my decisions will be right because of that, but I’m saying I trust now, that God will save me from my own stupidity and ridiculousness and that He will do as He has promised and set me free.

I am praying on all of this tonight, and you certainly can pray with me if you’re feeling trapped by fear or guilt. Our Lord does not want us to suffer under these misconceptions. He’s already made us free! Will you accept it with me tonight?

Savior, I accept that You have called me, as Your born again daughter, to be free. I gratefully accept the gift of this freedom, and I ask that You show me the way to bring this out in myself, the ability to be free from guilt and fear, especially as motives. I ask it not only for myself, Lord, though I do so long for that freedom, but so that I may better serve Your purposes. I am trying to see my calling from You, Lord, and to serve Your will on this earth, and what keeps finding me instead is this large road block of guilt, and fear, and idolatry. And I confess, Lord, I let it go on, I didn’t see it, and I am suffering for it when it is my own mistake. But, Lord, I know You and Your Grace are sufficient to forgive that, and I am so happy to gratefully take on that forgiveness. I know that from this moment forward, when I feel guilty, I can pray. When I feel fear, I can pray. When I see myself worshipping a perfect ideal instead of You, a Perfect God, I can pray. And I know that from the moment I pray, You will free me from all of that. I am so grateful that You will, Lord, and I look forward to doing Your will on this earth, however I may serve it. I know that You have freed me from the responsibility I feel to take care of others more than I should, Lord, because that is Your job. I am so happy that you have freed me from the guilt I have that I am not a perfect person, because I know I am a person who can do Your service, Lord, and that is all that is needed. I thank You that You have given me the self control to overcome these things, and to begin a new day tomorrow, in complete and true freedom! In Jesus’ Sweet And Holy Name, Amen.

Praise For God’s Gift of Spirit And The Power Of Speaking To The Mountain

Romans 4:17

English Standard Version (ESV)

17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Lord, 

We know You say that we can, through the Spirit, access the power of spoken word against those who would harm us. I know the power Your word holds and that You have given us the ability to speak directly to our problems and I have seen that work in my own life. I am so intensely pleased by these systems you’ve put into our lives to help us have closer relationships with You and to have an easier time here on earth while we seek You and find Your intention and calling for our lives. I know You have the power to call into existence that which doesn’t yet exist, how then could I not believe that You could do anything I needed to provide for me and my family, as Your Word assures me you will? I believe in Your Providence, Lord!I am delighted and forever indebted to You for Your Grace and favor in my life and I humbly Praise Your name, Lord. I Praise You, I love You, I adore You, and once again, I Thank You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

A Prayer For Thanks That We Can Rest Assuredly On God’s Providence

Lord,

Today we pray in Thanks. We are so grateful for the small things, Lord. For sun in our windows and a warm Spring day, for our children laughing despite a slight cold, and thrilling in the Springtime sights and sounds, we are grateful. We are eternally in awe that Your grace has allowed us to live a life where the dryer can break, the car can need a suprise repair, the kids can get sick, and we can not worry. That only comes from You, Father, and we know that and we are so happy for the gift of it. I have never before experienced this kind of peace, Lord, and I am so glad and excited to share it with others. I pray You allow us to remember this day later when worries might return. Remind us, Lord, that Your voice reassures. Remind us to look to You for help and solace and to use Your Word when times get tough. I adore that I can lean on You, Lord, that I can rest easy knowing You are giving me the power, the confidence, the surety to be unworried and unhurried in all things. I am confident now, Lord, and I will continue to be as I do as You said and speak directly to my problems and invoke the power You’ve given us in the Spirit to overcome. I thank you again, Lord, for this lovely day with family and sun and getting things done. Whenever we need anything, Lord, You provide it, we need only fellowship with you and ask it. As you said in Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”

And so we can be reassured that as You care for the sparrows, You also care for us, and I am so glad I can finally really see that Lord. Thank You , Thank You, Thank you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

A Prayer For Learning To Listen

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27, 28).

 

This prayer is not from me, and it is much simpler than mine usually are. I am very happy to share it though, because it comes from one of the best articles I’ve ever read about listening and the spirituality of listening. I feel like it gave me a whole new project to work on in myself and my behavior.

 

Prayer from the article:

‘from spiritual director Aelred of Rievaulx: “Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst.”’

Read it here: http://christianstandard.com/2014/03/the-spirituality-of-shutting-up/

A Prayer To Be Free Of Resentment and Bitterness

I just read a devotional about God’s Grace being misunderstood because it is not a wage, but a gift. http://odb.org/2014/04/05/not-counting. It struck me as very apt and I loved that it explained something I haven’t ever really understood about that parable. I looked at it from a worldly stance and just was always stumped by the fact that it made no sense in our world of money and finance and keeping score. So I’m happy for a chance to get to understand it better and think more deeply on it. Also, it ties in to what I want to pray about today since I’m feeling an epic battle in my own heart against resentment and bitterness.

 

 

Proverbs 4:23 ESV

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

(I know this verse isn’t very uplifting but I feel it’s important to remember that God doesn’t say we can’t complain, He doesn’t say we can’t be bitter, but He is there to help us get over it, come through it, and remember that His Grace is all we need).

1 John 2:9 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.

Mark 11:25 ESV 

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

 

I love this last verse as well because I’ve always heard it in the prayer which says “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” Now, I know that basically says the same thing but because it is rote to me, after hearing it in church since childhood, I hadn’t really thought it through. I definitely hadn’t thought through the idea that we needed to forgive others in order to be forgiven. One brings up the other. It’s easy to feel we know we should forgive, and to put it off as too hard or to wait for God to do the work of forgiveness for us, but we need to do that ourselves. We must do our own part and continually pray for the person or people we mean to forgive, pushing away our bitterness or resentment for them every single time it comes back up and praying the Lord helps us truly feel the forgiveness in our hearts. For me, anyhow, forgiveness always has started with the action of acting like I’ve forgotten the trespass, and after a long time of that, the heart will follow those acts.

 

Please, Pray with me.

Lord, we come to you today humbled by all we didn’t quite understand, and all we took for granted for so long. We are so glad you’ve given us Your Word to study and learn from and that You are our continual teacher for our whole earthly lives and eternity after. Lord, we ask you today to come into our hearts, teach us to truly forgive, Lord, and remind us to be happy to do the legwork it takes to make it a wholehearted forgiveness. Help us to remember that our bitterness and resentment are of our own making, and You have counseled us to guard our hearts and we so often don’t do it, Father! Help us to understand it’s our responsibility to look to Your Word, our spiritual mirror showing us who You say we are, and find what You have said we should do in each situation. We are charged with the stewardship of our earthly bodies, Lord, and we so easily exclude from this the emotions contained in them. Let us be mindful of that, Abba, and be mindful that we are in charge of guarding our hearts against the negative things. Only true forgiveness, over and over again, can stop our hearts becoming bitter and resentful, and only our true forgiveness of others opens the door for Your true forgiveness of us. We Are So Grateful For Your Grace, Lord! We know we cannot earn it, we know that just like a child who apologizes we often think if we ask forgiveness we can erase a wrong, but the wrong still existed and only Your Grace saved us from feeling the sting of our due punishment for it, Lord. It is a wonder we can not fully comprehend but are so fearfully in awe of. We declare right now, by the power You have given us through the Spirit, that we will be bitter no more, resentful no longer, and we will not live feeling trapped when we know we have such freedom in you! Thank You so, Father. In the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.