Pray 31 Day 24 ~ Prayers for Teachers

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” ~ Titus 2:7-8

Jesus,

Please bless our teachers.

They give their days to helping others succeed, grow, and learn.

May they be blessed with perseverance, wisdom, and hope that they do make a difference.

Give them grace for the hard students, and patience for the arrogant.

May they see their students as lives entrusted to them, even if only for a short time.

Protect them from harm and bring them teachers as well, for none of us are better by ourselves.

Teach them as they teach, and may they be content as the under appreciated world changers who move hearts.

In your name,

Amen

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Pray 31 Day 23 ~ Prayer for Retreat

“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.” ~ Mark 6:30-32

Father God,

May we find you this weekend as we escape into rest.

Meet us with your presence and comfort.

Give us ears to hear from you and hearts that are willing to accept your words.

May truth, love, and encouragement be spoken.

Do not leave us unchanged, as we meet with you in quiet places. 

Bring revival to the dry places in our bones and hope to the heartsick places in our souls.

May there be much laughter, tears if necessary, and friendships deepened.

May there be peace, joy, and an increase of freeing faith.

Thank you for the gift of beauty, rest, and retreat.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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Pray 31 Day 22~ Prayer for the Newlyweds

 “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” ~ Mark 10:9

Jesus,

We ask for your blessings upon this couple.

That as they grow closer together, they find themselves closer to you, & as they draw closer to you that you would bind them closer together.

We pray that they would enjoy their first day together, but that it will not be their best. For they have no idea the goodness you have in store for them. 

We ask that they would fight fair, and build each other up.

That they would see each other as you see them, and seek to love sacrificially.

May there be good health, babies if they want them, and many years.

May they know you are always walking with them, you are always strong, and you never fail. May these truths help them to never give up on each other and to stand firm in the beauty of their covenant.

In your name,

Amen

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Pray 31 Day 20 ~ Prayers for the Angry

” Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” ~ James 1: 19-21

God,

I want to live for your glory, and I realize that my anger does not produce that.

When these emotions rise up, it is rare that they are the righteous kind you have displayed. 

Many times it is because I have been living in my self-constructed kingdom of which I think I am the law maker, and justice bringer.

This is wrong. I know it, but I am struggling with this piece of my fallibility. 

Please teach me.

May I offer soft answers instead of harsh words.

Even in the anger that I try to convince myself is righteous, I can feel the corruption I can’t help but infect it with.

Show me the path towards righteousness and love.

Show me the source of my anger, and create in me a clean heart.

Help me to be slow to anger and quick to listen.

When the inevitable times of anger come, may I not sin but glorify instead.

For this will usher in hints of the beauty that is your righteous mercy and loving justice.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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Pray 31 Day 16 ~ The Vulnerability Prayer

There are many times in which I want to outright refuse the need to be vulnerable, but more often that not, I find it worth the risk. This prayer is for those who need a little extra courage to let yourselves be seen.

Mighty God,

You are so great and so big. I know you can do all things, but I am struggling to be willing to let others see me.

There have been times when I have allowed secrecy to destroy intimacy, and I don’t want to do it anymore.

Help me to be willing to let others speak into my life and to speak into the lives of others, so I can build them up.

Help me to let others into my hurts, and to help others carry the burden’s that weigh them down.

When needed, give me the strength to ask for help even if it means being dependent upon another human, and make me willing to come to the aid of those in need. 

May I fight against the hardness and coldness that sometimes feels safer than risking being vulnerable, and may I lay down all my defenses with you.

You see it all anyway, may I lay it at your feet and trust.

Make me vulnerable enough to love and be loved; to know and be known.

In Jesus’ powerful name,

Amen

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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” ~Galatians 6:2

Pray 31 Day 15 ~ Prayers for the Lonely

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”~ Jesus (Matthew 28:20)

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I feel so alone.

I know you are with me, but I don’t always believe it.

Please show me where you are. 

Help me to not be so concerned about being known that I stop looking to know you.

Help me not to be frustrated with others for not reaching out, but to be the one who reaches.

There have been times I have felt betrayed and abandoned, but you have not forsaken me.

Help me to keep my eyes on you.

I also ask that you would surround me with people who will point me at you, because we were not built to do life alone.

Let me be a part of the people who choose your ways before their own.

People who love.

I know I am yours, and that means I am a part of your eternal family.

This is unchangeable.

Help me to rest here.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

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