Anyone who is having troubles should pray because great things happen when a believing person prays.

God can...


Pray for all those who feel as if they are too dirty. Too broken. Too far gone. Too guilty. Too worthless...

Pray that God will open eyes. Enlighten minds. Heal hearts.

God can do the impossible in anyone’s life. Give them to Him. Put them in His hands. 

Pray. 

And let God work. 




Amen

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a prayer for release



Father,

Thank you, Lord, for being kind and gracious to us. For offering grace and forgiving to us when we need it.

We ask for strength and courage to release all that we hold more dearly than you. May our eyes be opened to what idols we cling to and what comforts of this world we turn to more frequently than you. We are fickle people, and often look to the wrong things to heal us... to complete us, to make us happy. We acknowledge your compassion to us in our sin. Help us look to you alone to satisfy our deepest longing.

Holy Spirit, convict us of all the ways we put other people and things above the one true God. Center our hearts on you and you alone.

Amen

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Prayer for the Syrian Christians

Father, we lift up your children in Syria who, through no fault of their own have been thrown into the middle of the hatred in that part of the world. Even though they may feel betrayed by those they thought were their friends, remind them that you are with them always. Protect them, meet their needs, and strengthen their faith. Amen

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prayer of surrender

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours;
do with it what you will. 
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me. 
Amen
... a prayer of Ignatius of Loyola

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a healing petition

May God heal me, body and soul.

May my pain cease, may my strength increase,

May my fears be released,

May blessings, love, and joy surround me.

Amen.
-a prayer by Naomi Levy

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for joy to increase

I pray. O God, to know thee, to love thee, that I may rejoice in thee.

And if I cannot attain to full joy in this life may I at least advance from day to day, until that joy may came to the full. Let the knowledge of thee advance in me here, and there be made full.

Let the love of thee increase, and there let it be full, that here my joy may be great in hope, and there full in truth.

Amen
...Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109

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for hope



O Great GOD,

You are the God of all hope, who sent his Son to us, to offer the greatest hope this world could ever know. You are the God of this present hope, as we see the way you are continuing to redeem and heal this world. And you are the God of future hope, as we wait and long for the second coming for your Son, when he will return to take his rightful place as the King of this world.

So with this hope we wait. We are sure of you, when nothing else is sure. We find hope in a world that often feels hopeless. But we know it's not, because you are here, doing powerful and wonderful work in the hearts of your people. 


Help us cling to this hope, Father. Help us to push back despair with the hope that is only offered in your son Jesus Christ.  May this hope sustain and fill us this day.


Amen

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prayer in a scary diagnosis

My wife was initially diagnosed with MS in 2002. Six years later her diagnosis changed to neuromyelitis optica. I think this prayer, by Canon Andrew White, speaks to what it is like when one first hears the news of their disease.

Lord they tell me I have MS and at times I am afraid; my future, my family, my ambitions are all full of uncertainties, my body will not function as it used to and I no longer feel in control; at times, though surrounded by masses, I feel so alone.

In my fear will you enable me to trust you, in my vulnerability may I know your power and in my loneliness will you assure me of your presence.

Amen

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to be released from fear

Father, I give my fear to You. I have been crippled and poisoned by fear for too long. I reject it. I release it. I
choose faith instead of fear, believing in Your good plans for me. I choose love instead of fear, trusting that Your “perfect love” will cast out all fear (1 John 4:18). I choose Your light and truth instead of fear, accepting Your Word, which says I “need not fear terror that stalks in the night, the arrow that flies in the day, plague that strikes in the darkness, or calamity that destroys at noon,” because you are with me (Psalm 91:5-6, ISV). Amen

-a prayer offered by Bob Hostetler at Guideposts

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submerge me in your love

God,

Submerge me in the darkness of your love, that the consciousness of my false, everyday self falls away from me like a soiled garment.

May my 'deep self' fall into your presence knowing you alone carried away into eternity like a dead leaf in the November wind.

Amen
... Thomas Merton, The Ascent to Truth

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for those passing through grief

You are our shepherd Lord. You meet all of our needs.

We lift those grieving to you today.

We thank you for meeting all of their needs.

We pray that you would comfort them.

We know that you hold them close to your heart.

We praise you that their need for rest is met in you Lord.

Please lead those in pain in ways that would restore their soul.

We ask you Father to help them grieve.

We are confident of your presence with those who mourn.

May your love be felt by those who travel through this passage of sorrow.

Amen

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for second chances

Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1)

Nothing moves our hearts as much as when we pray for the people we love. These prayers seem doubly moving when they deal with our loved ones relationship with God. I think that we pray this way because we know from experience that a relationship with God will help our loved ones in the way that we have been helped.

Father, I am reminded that salvation has a beginning. Sometimes a renewed beginning. A second chance. I ask that my loved ones and others will be granted a new beginning - even a second or third chance. Draw them to You Lord. Show them Your goodness - the kind that will lead them to repent. I commit them to You and to Your love.

Amen


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May the mind of Christ, my Savior.

  1. May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
    Live in me from day to day,
    By His love and pow’r controlling
    All I do and say.
  2. May the Word of God dwell richly
    In my heart from hour to hour,
    So that all may see I triumph
    Only through His pow’r.
  3. May the peace of God my Father
    Rule my life in everything,
    That I may be calm to comfort
    Sick and sorrowing.
  4. May the love of Jesus fill me
    As the waters fill the sea;
    Him exalting, self abasing,
    This is victory.
  5. May I run the race before me,
    Strong and brave to face the foe,
    Looking only unto Jesus
    As I onward go.
  6. May His beauty rest upon me,
    As I seek the lost to win,
    And may they forget the channel,
    Seeing only Him.
~K.B. Wilkinson



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