Is it hard for you to be honest with God?
Do you struggle to pour out feelings of impatience or frustration?
Are you able to tell Him when you’re losing hope because your problem persists and you wonder if things will ever change even though you’ve prayed and prayed and prayed?
I love that God loves us so much, He included the honest struggles of those who followed Him throughout Scripture.
One of my favorite examples is David, who openly cried out to God when he was afraid, worried, lonely, angry, disappointed, uncertain, restless, outraged, or heartbroken.
And yet, he never stayed there…
He also praised, adored, worshipped, exalted, and received what he needed to be hopeful.
Maybe like me, you have several things for which you’ve prayed again and again … things that are important to your heart but you’re starting to wonder if God’s is responding with a “no” rather than a “not yet.”
Yes, I too have days when I feel disappointed and discouraged.
And it used to be hard for me to share those feelings with the Lord.
But the more I read and pray Scripture, the more I’m learning that God wants me to honestly tell Him when…
- I’m discouraged.
- I’m frustrated.
- I’m anxious.
- I’m afraid.
- I’m worried.
- I’m impatient.
Because He already knows anyway and when I’m open and honest before Him, I’m reminded that He loves me just the way I am.
And because of His compassion and love, God wants us … you and me, to trust that He will answer our prayers in His way and His time. He wants us to trust that He will give us everything we need while we wait … including hope.
So today, I’m writing honest prayers based on the words of the Psalmists asking the Lord to help me remain hopeful as I wait … trusting His unfailing love and perfect care. I’m excited to have you join me.
Psalms to Pray When You Need to Be Hopeful
I cried out, “I am slipping!”Psalm 94:18–19
but Your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
When doubts filled my mind,
Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Father, at this moment when hope seems like it is fading into the distance. I feel like I’m sliding into despondency. Lord, I so desperately want to keep my focus on You but the longing in my heart beats so loudly it’s hard for me to think about anything else.
I know the enemy is at work, speaking words of hopelessness and doubt. So, I’m running to You. I’m trusting Your unfailing love and asking You to encourage me and hold me. I need You, Lord. Please restore my hope, strengthen me and give me everything I need to live through this trying time.
Why am I discouraged?Psalm 43:5
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise Him again—
my Savior and my God!
Thank you for this reminder, Lord. Sometimes I can focus on the fact that I’ve prayed and prayed for what seems like forever … and still I wait. And yes, when I do, I feel sad and discouraged.
Your Word tells me to trust You to know and do what is best in my life. It tells me to look at the ways You have protected and helped me in the past as I look to the future in faith with hope.
So, I will praise You in this storm. I will wait in faith today and if I must continue to wait another day, week, or longer … I will count on You to give me whatever I need to put my hope in Your wisdom and love.
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,Psalm 40:1
and He turned to me and heard my cry.
Father, It feels like I’ve been waiting forever. I confess that I don’t feel very patient right now. I want my faith to be greater than my doubt but right now I feel weak and vulnerable.
I believe You are greater than my feelings. I need You. This season of waiting has gone on for so long. Please help me keep my eyes on You. Help me trust that You are working in my life on this situation even when I cannot see.
Hear my prayer. Restore my hope as I place my trust in Your unfailing love.
The Lord hears His peoplePsalm 34:17–18
when they call to Him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Father, I am overwhelmed and I need You.
These words of Dave, comfort me and give me hope. Even in this moment, You hear the cries of my heart. You hold me close when I’m crushed and brokenhearted … You forgive me and lift me up.
You are my rescuer and the source of my hope. Thank you! I will trust Your promise to give me everything I need when I SEEK You and follow You with all my heart. (Luke 12:31)
So, I will faithfully ask, seek, and knock. I will continue to run to You with honest emotions and trust Your love to comfort and strengthen me today, tomorrow, and forever.
But I trust in Your unfailing love.Psalm 13:5–6
I will rejoice because You have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
because He is good to me.
Thank you, Lord! By Your grace, You have given me everything I need to trust Your perfect love that never fails and never ends. Your Word says that You are LOVE. (1 John 4:8) And LOVE is patient and kind. It forgives, endures, and never gives up.
Thank you for Your patient love. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for Your goodness and grace.
Today, I will praise Your holy name. I will surrender to Your will. I will trust Your love. And I will live with hope … by Your grace and for Your glory. And I will count on Your promise to give me everything I need to live with hope again tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Friend, I know what it’s like to pray and pray and wait and wait and feel like I’m losing hope.
Something has changed for me in recent years.
You see, I’ve been asking God to answer a very specific prayer for a very very long time. One day, as I was crying and explaining to Him that the wait and the hurt were just too great … I felt Him gently whisper, “You have no idea how I’ve spared you.”
And it changed everything.
You and I can only see what’s right in front of us. God sees the whole picture … past, present, and future.
I will always hope and pray that one day I will receive a heavenly “YES” to my heart’s desire, but I’m learning that the focus of my hope is not the thing for which I hope but in the One who gives me hope.
God is showing me that I can be hopeful because of who He is and because even if He asks me to wait or if His answer to my prayer is “no” … He will give me everything I need to endure in faith.
You and I can endure whatever He allows because…
Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.Psalm 106:1
He will not leave us to endure alone and although He may not always answer our prayers the way we want, we can be hopeful because He will always answer them out of His goodness and love.
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