A Prayer of Thanks and Praise When I Fail

 They traded God’s truth for a lie, and they worshipped and served the creation instead of the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. – Romans 1:25

I admit, one of the things I struggle with the most is learning good stewardship. I find that I almost always fail God’s trays if they involve money. I had been getting a bit desperate in my prayers about this lately. My husband and I are always trying so hard to improve our stewardship, keep tithing, pay off our debts, and remember when we spend that this is money God provided us by His Grace in giving us jobs… but it’s still so hard sometimes. Our rather so easy to get behind again and again. And I try to make myself feel better by reminding myself that we always do better than we used to, that we’ve never as far behind as we used to be, but all of that just indicates that we are not actually giving up our struggles top God’s hand. When God is in control, I don’t need to justify, I am justified through Him. Not only that, but I start to get nervous and panicky and think that there must be something I’m not doing right, some key I have yet to find that will give me the self control to always stay within my budget. And then I realize, all that is needed for all of this, to become the person I know God is leading me to be is to keep studying His Word and following His path through prayer and that study. It is such a relief!

On that note, will you pray with me?

Lord, I fail almost all the time to be a good or even adequate steward with the funds You give my family. I see myself falling short so often and I get frustrated and feel like giving up, but then Father, I engender that You have saved Mr, by Grace. I remember that I can thank YOU for all the times I’ve done better, for all the moments I’ve avoided temptation, and I can Thank You because You will be there in furious, disciplining me and testing me over and over so that I can improve and grow. I thank You for every low moment You’ve gotten me through already (all of them!) And all the low moments too l know You’ll help me through as I continue to study Your Word and grow in Your Love and Grace. Thank You mostly, Lord, for the rest You provide so that I may praise You even in user another minor storm. Praise Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen

A Prayer to Remain Humble, and for Grace in Times of Change

God does not change, and that is such a comfort to me in times of change and transition in my life. He’s called The Rock for a reason!

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

I’m also having a lot of conviction lately about learning to be truly humble. It seems it’s hard for my habits to get in line with my mental grasp of this being what God wants me to be. It’s hard to change the way you think and feel sometimes and to not put stock in what others think of you, or to remind yourself that the bad things they think of you are often true, and justification of self in this world is just not possible, except through Jesus’ sacrifice. We can stand on our pride all we like and say “I’m a good person! I tried so hard! I did my best!” but the truth is we all fail, we all falter, we all fall short, and we all do bad, ungrateful, mean spirited, unkind things even if we truly don’t intend to. And so, I am learning (slowly and often painfully) to remind myself that God wants us to lean on His love, to wrap ourselves in who He says we are, and to be humble with others. God is teaching me that I need to stop trying to justify myself to the world, and to live with a humble outlook, seeing what I can do to serve them in His name, rather than what can be done for me or what someone might think of me because of our interaction. Here’s some verses I’m studying about that as well.

2 Corinthians 11:30 “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

1 Peter 5:5b “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ ”

Lord, Help me to boast on the things that show my weakness, because I know in my weakest moments, Your Grace and Glory shine through. Your perfection lifts me up at every fall, You step in last minute and save me at every desperate moment when I feel I’m careening back into trouble because of my bad habits or poor stewardship, and I am so unworthy. I am so un-endingly thankful, Lord, that You would stoop to do so much for me and my family. We see Your hand in every small moment of our lives, Lord. When You wake us each morning with the sun and show us Your love with every person You put in our lives who supports us, helps us, and loves us. You, Lord, shine through them and I pray You shine through me as well. Take me, Lord, make me truly Your vessel. Help me to forget my sense of “self” and remember only to turn to You. Remind me I don’t need to justify my actions, Lord, to make myself feel all right. I know I shouldn’t do these things, and I know that studying You and Your Word helps me do less and less wrong, but in the times I do fail, Lord, remind me that I am saved by Grace and not my own wits. Lord, Father, I am so very grateful for that. I am grateful to not need a quick wit or a slick tongue to cover up my misdeeds and pray no one sees the things I don’t do right. Let them see, Lord! Let them all see how frail and human and stupid and foolish I so often am, for they will see in that how often You are lifting me, saving me, rescuing me, and protecting me. Let them see only Your strength in my weakness, Your glory in my failure, Your Grace in my faux pas. There are not enough words to praise Your helping, healing, protecting hands, Lord, but I will say again I am so grateful. I love Your discipline, Lord, teaching me to be more like Your Son, teaching me to allow Your Spirit to shine through. Thank You So Much for letting me be a reflection of You, through my imperfection. When everything seems uncertain, because all around me is changing, I thank You that You are the rock I can build my house on. You, Lord, are unchanging perfection in the constant flux and turmoil of our human lives, and there is nothing more reassuring.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Prayer For Uncertain Moments

2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Lord, be with my husband during all his trials today. Remind us both that this is the day You have made and that You are going to lead us if we come to You before every decision. Help us, Lord, to face what comes without fear or worry, knowing You are with us always and that You have given us each challenge to grow us closer to You. We are so grateful, Lord, that we can have true and strong confidence because You have led us here and You are leading us to whatever comes next. You have promised to provide all we need and we are so so grateful that we know that includes All things, even skills and abilities, and we can rest in that knowledge. We are so thankful that You are removing any stumbling blocks from our paths and that You are bringing us into Glory and good success so that we can share Your Grace with others. Please, allow us to find a way to keep our jobs and do well in then. Allow us to do good work every day and be shining examples of using faith to get through hard moments. Remove the stumbling blocks that the Devil puts before us, save us when he would use his wiles to speak in our own heads, using those personal pronouns and saying “I can’t do this.” Because we know, Lord, that with You we can do all things, with Your power in us, we have already conquered this world.

  In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen

A Prayer To Be Open and Undefensive

The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever– do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

 

Lord, I am so Thankful You’re guiding our lives, so Thankful You’re healing our relationships and making us a whole family again. I know You are moving to put our family just where it needs to be to best live as You would have us do, and to best serve Your purposes here on Earth. We know You’re putting us in a position to be the best witnesses we can be to usher others into Your Kingdom and we are so grateful You keep supplying our needs and blessing us in overflow so we may bless others. You bring us through every day, Lord, with Your Grace and every time we go to sleep together as a family we are overjoyed.

As I deal with these emotions that I’m still trying to conquer and get out of my mind this week, be with me, please. Help me to remember that I don’t need to listen to any voice but Yours and that any time I need to hear it, I have Your Word. Remind me, Lord, that You are with us always and that You make paths straight and all things work for our good. Remind me, Lord, that I need not walk around like a prickly cactus, defensive and reactionary. I need only rest in Your Favor and Renewal and keep returning to You. I know that an offended heart, a rebellious heart, a hardened heart cannot show best witness, I know that my heart needs to be humbled and softened to allow You to work in the world through me, and I pray You do that now, Lord. Work in me all of Your wonderful glory and allow me to die to myself more every day, every hour, every moment, so that only You shine through.

I am so so humbled and grateful that You allow us the opportunity to rest in You. I am so in love with the knowledge that You work in me despite my knee jerk selfishness. I know I would not make it through another moment of this life without knowing that. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen

A Prayer Over My Financial Life

1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

 

Lord, We want so badly to be free, Free as You have promised You’ve already made us, but this world drags us down and makes us feel prisoner to material things, greed, and money. Please, Lord, help us to keep our eyes above that horizon line when it comes to personal finance. Remind us, Lord, that all is provided by You. You are the supply, Lord, and we are so grateful, so humbled You bless us so plentifully. But, Lord, we fail, again and again in our ability to be good stewards for You and all You bless us with! Help us to be better, Lord. Remind us to seek You first, when we pull out our wallets as well as in our every other decision. Lord, we know we need only look to Your word for all the instruction we need for financial decisions, but we allow our emotions to rule. We seek satisfaction in worldly things, Lord, and not in You. We are so wrong in this, Lord, and we know it. Only You can correct us in this, and we pray You will. We seek Your correction, Your instruction, and Your guidance in our future decisions, Lord. Help us to follow Your path in this, as well as in all other areas of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A prayer of willingness

Lord, I know you have worked in me a willing heart. You have made me able to work for you here on earth, You are always so at work in each moment of our lives. I am so in love with seeing Your hand lining up just what I need in my life, and putting me just where I need to be. Continue to use me, Lord, to further your kingdom here on earth. May I always remember to rejoice in You and Your blessings. We have trials, Lord, lately one after  the other, and yet, we see You there. Even these move us closer to doing Your will here on earth. Even these only improve our relationship with You. Even these are built to bring out more Faith. We are so grateful, Lord. Amen.

A Prayer Sola Fide

Sola Fide means “by faith alone”. I’m learning more and more lately through all the Christian outlets I use (Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince, Andrew Wommack, James MacDonald, and my home church, Calvary Community of Sumner) about the centrality of Faith.

Faith is all God really asks of us in the over all picture. It is the currency of Heaven and all we have to give God.

Father-

Today we pray in Thanks that You have given us each the measure of faith. We know that You have given us Jesus’ own faith because Your word confirms that. We are so grateful that even when we feel our faith is small, we can be reminded that we each have the same amount, and that if we will only realize and tap into it, we’d see it is limitless since it is supplied by You. We thank You that this is the same faith that allowed people to walk on water, to heal the sick with only the touch of their shadow or the sound of them speaking Your word, and to feed the multitudes. We are so humbled that You would allow us to access that kind of Faith! We bow our heads in gratefulness today, overcome by the love You show in giving us this great gift. Show us how to use it, Lord. Show us how to learn to live more like You would have us do, Show us how to see Your path for each of us, and to step out onto it each day, using that Faith to keep going forward in spiritual momentum! 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.