God, sometimes it’s hard to turn it all off and get to sleep. The noise. The worries. The problems of this world.
We close our eyes and wonder if we handled that parenting situation correctly, or we replay how we messed up and yelled at the kids. We worry about that medical appointment, or we wonder how to best sort through that difficult financial situation.
We toss and turn and try in vain to figure it all out. To control it. To fix it.
And you gently whisper, “Be still and know that I am God,” and we exhale. We can breathe deeply remembering that we don’t have to figure it all out.
We remember that we are fully and completely loved by you even when we mess up…even when we fail. We remember that you are God and we are not, and as such, we don’t have to try to control everything. We remember that you are here with us in this moment and whatever we face in the next moment—you’ll be there too.
Thank you Father for your goodness, faithfulness, and love.
Please help us hand it all over to you and rest well tonight. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
God, tonight we pray for the mama whose baby is graduating. Maybe they’re graduating from Kindergarten. Maybe middle school or high school. Perhaps college.
Whatever the grade or level of accomplishment, this mama still can’t help but see the baby girl she just brought home from the hospital. She can’t help but see her sweet baby boy as he first learned to walk. And now he’s walking across the stage into the next season of life.
God, please hold this mom’s hand extra tight as she lets go of her child’s hand a little more each day. Please help her remember that as much as she loves her children, somehow you love them infinitely more and will walk with them when she cannot.
Please watch over our children, God, as they face new adventures and new challenges. Help it all work together to bring them closer to you.
We thank you for our babies and for the gift and privilege of loving them, walking with them, and watching them soar. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
God, at times our hearts are heavy.
We are burdened by the heartache we see in this world, and by the heartache we feel in our lives personally. We hurt for our loved ones who are suffering in some way. We ache for our friends who are going through such difficulties. God, we just long for peace and wholeness.
But God despite our circumstances, we are reminded that you love us, and you are with us. Please let us feel you near tonight. Your word promises us that you hear every prayer. So, God, we thank you for hearing this one.
God, no matter what we face you are our Rock, our Sustainer, our Comforter. In the midst of uncertainty, we know you say “Fear not.” And God, more than anything, we thank you that you know our name. You know our circumstances, our hurts, and our worries. You know. You care. And you love us.
Thank you, God, that we can rest in your love today and every day. Thank you for working in and through all things to bring about good. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
God, we thank you that your mercies are new every morning.
We praise you that you are the author of life and the giver of each new day.
We thank you that no matter the challenges we face today, we face them knowing you are present and able. We face nothing alone.
Today we ask that you help us rely on your strength rather than muscle our way through the day in ours.
We ask you to help us rest in your peace rather than churn in our own anxiety and fear.
We ask that your love will surround us, your hope will fill us, and that your love and hope will overflow through us impacting others around us.
We ask this is the name of Jesus. Amen.
God, tonight we pray for the one who feels so overwhelmed by life right now. It seems that no matter how hard she tries she can’t seem to get ahead. It feels that when she’s doing one thing she needs to hurry because there’s something else of equal or greater importance she also needs to do.
It’s exhausting, God, and sometimes we just want to quit. To quit trying so hard only to feel like a failure. To quit doing all you can do only to feel as though there is so much more that needs to be done.
So God, tonight we ask that you please remind each of us that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Help us remember that life is not some emergency to be rushed through, rather it’s a gift to be lived fully. And please remind us that you will always help us, strengthen us, and enable us to do the things that you have called us to do.
We love you and we thank you for loving us and walking with us through the ups and downs of life. Thank you that you understand our hearts and care about our burdens. We hand each of them over to you now.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
God, tonight I pray for the one who is grieving the loss of someone they love this Christmas season.
God, whether it’s been a few weeks or a few years, it’s still painful. It’s still hard. So this week we ask that your presence feel so near to all who are sad. Please comfort them as only you can, and please remind each of us that this world is not all there is.
As we celebrate Christmas we remember the birth of Jesus and we remember that because of Him and through Him we can always, always have hope. Even death doesn’t have the last word—only you, Father.
So we come seeking refuge from our broken hearts and from this broken world. We come seeking you—our hope, our joy, our eternal home.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen
God, tonight I pray for each person reading this. I ask that they will know you see them. I ask that they will know you hear them. I ask that they will know beyond a shadow of a doubt you are present with them.
Father, let the doubts slip away. Let the uncertainty fade.
Deep in their hearts, in their very soul, please let them feel you so near, reminding them how much they are loved, reminding them how much you care.
Your Word says, “I have called you by name. You are mine.” You know our name, Father. You know our struggles. You know our deepest hurts and heartaches. And still, you call us…yours. We are loved. We are yours. Thank you, God.