“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” ~ Matthew 25:21
I have begun my race towards you, and accepted your gift of grace that offers eternal life.
Help me to run well in the midst of this extravagant blessing.
I long to finish well.
I long to glorify your name.
I long to be faithful.
I want nothing more than to be yours, and for that to be obvious because of the way I love others.
May I face tribulation with perseverance that will produce character, and may the love of God pour out of me in a way that shows that hope in you does not disappoint.
It is not the first day that is most important but the last.
Help me to serve faithful in whatever you set before me, so that when I see you face to face I hear, “Well done.”
In your precious name I pray,
“He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven.” ~Psalm 107:29-30
You are my haven; the place I turn when waves roll in.
Thank you for providing rest in a restless world.
I curl up into the protection found under your wing.
It is so easy for me to try and carry the weight of life on my shoulders, and that pressure mounts up to a a perfect storm, but You…
You, lift the weight, carry my soul, and breathe quiet into the noise.
Speak peace, hold me gently, and calm the torrent of demands that push in from all directions and help me to see your will in it all and to walk towards it.
In Your Name,
“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.”
~ Isaiah 48:10
It hurts so bad, and it isn’t going away.
I wake up and the pain meets me, but you do too.
Help me to let you control me and not give into the flesh that has failed me.
Give me patience for others,
grace for those that do not understand,
and hope for tomorrow.
May my heart ever praise you with thanksgiving and gladness, for even in pain I know goodness and mercy are following me.
I know you are still who you say you are.
I know I am yours, and you are not ignorant of this thorn that plagues me.
Please take this pain from me and set me free, and if not sustain me, refresh me, and show me the secret of being content.
For I will rejoice, and again I say rejoice, because I know there will be a day when all sorrow and pain will be wiped away.
All will be made new, because I belong to you.
In Jesus name,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
This battle feels too big, but I know, I know, it is not bigger than you.
When I feel hunted down and afraid, I know that you are my protector.
When the next steps feel like giants, red seas, and walled cities help me to keep my eyes on you.
Inscribe your word in my heart, so I may know the truth that because of you I am more than a conqueror.
I know you are faithful.
You will part this sea when the time is right, and I will praise you from the valley or the mountain top because I know victory is mine through you.
I will believe your word for exactly what it says.
You win, and you’re taking me with you.
In your name,
” We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
May you bless the pastor’s wife who is so much more than just the pastor’s wife.
Let us remember that she is human too and cannot do it all.
We pray that you would encourage her heart as she supports her husband who carries the weight of those you have entrusted to him.
Help her to remember that perfection is not expected of her, and that others would not assume that it should be.
Let her live free from feeling the need to live up to the expectations of others and to be wholly focused on you.
For her role doesn’t define her; you do.
Bring her people to uplift her, support her, and to just let her be.
May she have those who pour into her when her soul feels weary and tired.
Help her to live authentically, vibrantly, and in obedience to what you have shaped her for with joy and thanksgiving.
Protect her family, her heart, and her life with you.
In Jesus name,
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.” ~James 4:1-2
I know that my spouse is a gift, help me to see them that way.
There is tension and I am tired of living in it.
I want our marriage to glorify you and be evidence of your work in our lives, but I feel my desires at war within me.
Help us to leave behind our selfish desires and be willing to love one another by offering sacrificial love.
May we fight for harmony and unity within our hearts and home.
Help us to not fear rejection from one another, to not strive for independence from each other, and to not grow apathetic towards the other.
Help us to be patient, kind, trusting, and hope-filled.
May we live out a relationship that mirrors the mystery of You and your church.
Please use your Holy Spirit to make our voices unified and filled with love.
In Jesus’ name,
“Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
I don’t want to be held captive anymore.
Help me to love you more than pleasure or the illusions of painlessness.
I no longer want to cower in fear that my addiction will overtake me. Instead, I want you to be my greatest love.
I no longer want immediate satisfaction that dissipates in no time at all, but I want something lasting.
Addiction, is an empty well and I have found it wanting more.
I turn away from these destructive idols I have built up, and ask that the surpassing riches of knowing you would satisfy.
Set me free, and then use me to bring freedom to others.
In your name,